Sri Lanka power regulator allows electricity tariff hike from tomorrow

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Sri Lanka power regulator allows electricity tariff hike from tomorrow


Tue, Aug 9, 2022, 10:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 09, Colombo: The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved a new electricity tariff revision that will be effective from Wednesday, its chairman Janaka Ratnayake said.

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka gave notice on the revised electricity tariffs charged by Ceylon Electricity Board and Lanka Electricity Company, in terms of Section 30 (2)(c) of Sri Lanka Electricity Act No. 20 of 2009. These tariffs will be effective from 10th August 2022.

PUCSL Chairman said the Ceylon Electricity Board was given approval to increase the electricity bill by 75% for low electricity users. According to this increase, an amount of Rs. 198 will be added to the electricity bill of customers who use up to 30 units per month.

The Chairman of PUCSL further said that the electricity bill will increase by 200 percent for consumers who use up to 60 units of electricity and that increase is less than 600 rupees.

According to the Public Utilities Commission, although the Electricity Board requested a 276 percent increase for those using above 90 units of electricity, only 125 percent increase was allowed.

Following is the revised rates:

End User Tariffs for Low Voltage Retail Supply

The following rates shall apply to supplies at each individual point of supply delivered and metered at 400/230 Volt nominal and where the contract demand is less than or equal to 42 kVA.

End User Tariffs for Low Voltage Bulk Supply

The following rates shall apply to supplies at each individual point of supply delivered and metered at 400/230 Volt nominal and where the contract demand exceeds 42 kVA. These Charges are applicable for all categories; Industry (I-2), Hotel (H-2), Government (GV-2) and General Purpose (GP-2).

End User Tariffs for Medium Voltage Bulk Supply

The following rates shall apply to supplies at each individual point of supply delivered and metered at 11,000 Volt nominal and above. These Charges are applicable for all categories; Industry (I-3), Hotel (H-3), Government (GV-3) and General Purpose (GP-3).

Other Decisions

• In case of Low Voltage Retail supply, Monthly Fixed Charge for consumers with solar roof tops under Net-Metering and Net-Accounting schemes shall be charged the Monthly Fixed Charge applicable to their net imported electricity.

• Industry, Hotel and General-Purpose category consumers who earn more than 60% of their revenue in foreign currency are required to pay their electricity bills in United States Dollars (USD) converted at the buying rate declared by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for the date at which the bill is settled. The Consumers who fall under this scheme shall be given 1.5% discount on their bills. This scheme will be effective from 01st September 2022.

• Hotel category consumers will be charged 50% of the tariff increase with effect from 10th August 2022, and the balance 50% will be effective from 10th November 2022.

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