Minister of Power Gamini Lokuge said that measures are being taken to provide a grace period of 24 months for consumers facing economic difficulties to pay outstanding electricity bills in instalments.
A small interest will be charged if the payment is being made in instalments.
Rs. 44 Bn is owed to the Ceylon Electricity Board in the past two months due to Covid 19 pandemic related issues and those who are able to pay their bills too have not paid them, according to the Minister, who said the CEB is facing immense difficulties due to this situation.
Plans are afoot to improve solar and wind power generation by 70% by 2030, he added.