Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara said, he will table amendments to the Ceylon Electricity Board Act in Parliament to pave the way for quick approval and implementation of long-delayed renewable power projects which were vital for the power sector development and the economy.
Wijesekara said yesterday (8), he tabled the committee report into the findings of the 29 November 2021 and 3 December 2021 blackouts caused by shutdowns at the Norochcholai Power Plant.
The report states that it there was no evidence to rule out pre-planned human interference and recommends aninvestigation with the support of IT professionals.
“The CEB engineers union have discussed of a possible nationwide blackout in protest against the amendment. Unions which have prevented many of the renewable energy projects, low cost power supply and the right to uninterrupted power supply are using the threat of protest to block much-needed reform,” he said.
Meanwhile, SJB MP Dr. Harsha de Silva said he fully agrees that the diesel mafia must be broken.
“I agree renewable energy projects must be implemented without delay. But I do not agree that the Act should be changed to eliminate competitive bidding for power generation projects. That is an absolute no. US cents 7.55/unit wind without competition is crazy. I have been down with the flu so was unable to attend sessions. But I am somehow going to be there tomorrow to propose a way out. I know it is difficult to break the impasse but he must stick to the basic principle of transparency. If not we will fall further,” Dr. de Silva said.