PUCSL Urges Consumers To Minimize Electricity Usage

Shakila Ifham

January 28, 2022


The electricity sector regulator, the Public Utilities Commission (PUSCL)is urging consumers to minimise electricity usage between 6.30 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. while assuring there wont be any scheduled power interruptions till Monday.

PUCSL chairman Janaka Ratnayake told journalists that consumers should consider the national crisis and should do their best to avert 15 minutes power shedding by minimising the especially heavy usage of electricity during the peak hours.

However, the PUCSL chief stressed that they would do the utmost to provide an uninterrupted supply of electricity during the next three days.

Responding queries, he said that there is minus 30MW during the peak hours.  

He said that plans are underway to add the 300WW from the Norochcholai Power Plant Complex third unit on Monday.

He also said that the privately-owned Sojitz Kelanitissa Power Station in Colombo was temporarily shut down for annual maintenance work, and the national grid lost 162 MW of power as a result.

However, he stressed that it would be back in operations within six days.

The PUCSL Chief said that following requests By CEB engineers on demand and supply the meeting was convened to reconsider the proposal made by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) on power cuts.

The PUCSL on Monday said there was no need to impose power cuts as there are sufficient fuel stocks to generate power for three days.

Accordingly, the CEB’s proposal on power cuts was reconsidered yesterday while taking into account the electricity demand, existing fuel supplies and the amount of electricity that can be generated.

The PUCSL chairman pledged to make every possible effort to provide an uninterrupted supply of electricity during the next three days.