Thu. Oct 5th, 2023
    The Ceylon Electricity Board’s Remarkable Recovery and Commitment to Renewable Energy

    The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has achieved a remarkable recovery in providing uninterrupted 24-hour electricity supply in Sri Lanka, after a year of multiple energy crises in 2023. The dedicated efforts of the CEB, in collaboration with the government and other stakeholders, have transformed the electricity delivery system and alleviated the burden on the nation’s economy.

    General Manager Electrical Engineer Rohan Seneviratne has played a pivotal role in guiding his team towards the goal of round-the-clock electricity supply. This success story is a result of teamwork, determination, and overcoming challenges such as fuel shortages for electricity generation.

    Despite the restoration of continuous electricity supply, concerns about electricity bills linger. Seneviratne acknowledges these concerns but emphasizes the importance of considering broader implications. The cost of producing electricity units must be recovered from consumers to ensure the institution’s sustainability and prevent a financial crisis.

    CEB is committed to transitioning to renewable energy sources in line with government policy. The goal is to achieve 70% renewable energy by 2023, including 25% from solar panels, 15% from wind power, and 10% from natural gas. The transition requires meticulous planning and execution, with a target of reaching 60% renewable energy by 2026 and eliminating fossil fuel-based electricity generation by 2030.

    Seneviratne highlights global energy trends that support the emphasis on renewables. The electricity supply mix worldwide includes 38% coal, 20% natural gas, 10% nuclear power, and 26% renewables. In the previous year, Sri Lanka generated 50% of its electricity from renewable sources.

    CEB also has upcoming projects, such as connecting Sri Lanka and India’s power grids, modernizing the transmission system, and minimizing distribution losses. The focus is on providing high-quality service to customers through digital transformation.

    In the pursuit of continuous and reliable electricity supply, CEB has implemented measures that may inconvenience the public. However, these measures are necessary to sustain uninterrupted electricity provision. The board is committed to reducing losses and settling bills promptly. The efficient system has allowed the importation of 30 coal shipments without relying on borrowed funds.

    Overall, CEB’s recovery and commitment to renewable energy signify a significant step towards a sustainable and reliable electricity supply in Sri Lanka.

    Source: Sirimantha Rathnasekara, unpublished article