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Sri Lanka to propose new power tariff

Sri Lanka’s Power and Energy Ministry is proposing a new tariff structure for electricity charges, depending on the purpose of use.

Power and energy minister Champika Ranawaka said the new tarriff is to overcome a disparity in payments by users and to reduce the Ceylon Electricity Board’s (CEB) losses.

“The situation is similar to that of use of fuel where a three-wheeler pays the same rate for fuel compared to the fuel used for a luxury vehicle,” he said.

“We have also introduced this to institutions like the Water Board. If they use electricity to pump water during off-peak hours, the charges will be less.”

The proposals will be submitted to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) which decides on tariffs, said Ranawaka.

A series of other energy conservation methods, including the introduction of a smart grid, are also being examined by the ministry, he added.

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