The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has decided to increase the electricity tariff from next month. However, prior to the increase, plans are under way to hold a public consultation in keeping with Public Utility Commission Act
Source said that despite some stakeholders insisting that the public should not be burdened there would be a 25 percent tariff hike.Proposed tariffs for Domestic and Religious Purpose consumers will be based on progressive blocks, where monthly (30 day) consumption falls within a certain range (block), the relevant tariffs for that range will be applicable for the entire monthly consumption
The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka recently reviewed the estimated expenditure submitted by the Ceylon Electricity Board for the year 2013, in line with the provisions in the tariff methodology and has decided to reduce these costs by Rs. 40 Billion. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) had filed Rs. 268 billion as its estimated costs for electricity supply in 2013.
Since the revenue generated through existing electricity tariff is not sufficient to meet the approved cost of the supply of electricity, the Ceylon Electricity Board has submitted a proposal to increase electricity tariff.
In this regard the Public Utilities Commission has called for representations from stakeholders as per Section 17 of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka Act. No. 35 of 2002, on the proposed electricity tariff. The consultation document can be accessed and downloaded from the Commissions website; www.pucsl.gov.lk. They state that representations, on the areas specified in the consultation document, may be made in writing (by registered post or by e-mail) to the Commission on or before 28th March 2013.
All representations should carry the name and contact details (postal address and contact number) of the person sending the representation and should clearly indicate whether he/she is desirous to be heard by the Commission at the Public Consultation scheduled to be held in Colombo on the 4th of April 2013 and that further information on the public consultation can be obtained by calling 077 2701106.