Cheap and clean renewable energy (RE) provided over 50 per cent of Sri Lanka’s (SL’s) daily electricity needs in 39 (54.17 per cent) out of the 72 days to Friday (19 August), Ceylon Electricity Board’s (CEB’s) Friday ( 19 August) data showed.
Meanwhile, in 32 (44.44 per cent) of the remaining 33 days to Friday, over 50 per cent of the island’s daily electricity needs were met by the pollutive and imported fossil fuels (FFs) comprising coal and diesel and in the other single day (1.39 per cent), splits were evenly (50:50) shared between FFs and RE, respectively
Consequently, RE led by ‘CEB Hydro’ provided over 50 per cent of Sri Lanka’s electricity demand for 20 consecutive days to Friday (19 August), with Friday’s “CEB Hydro” percentage figure alone being equivalent to 81.25 per cent of total RE, CEB statistics further showed.
The last time, where for a period longer than this, where RE was the dominant player in Sri Lanka’s electricity sector for a consecutive number of days, took place 72 days ago, where, for 30 consecutive days from 10 May to 8 June 2022, over 50 per cent of the island’s electricity needs were met by RE, once more led by ‘CEB Hydro’.
However in the 231 days that have transpired in the year to Friday, RE was responsible for providing 50 per cent or over of Sri Lanka’s electricity needs in only 70 (30.30 per cent) days and FFs in the balance 161 (69.70 per cent) days, respectively.
In related developments, of the total electricity supplied by the CEB to consumers in Sri Lanka on Friday which was 40.79 gigaWatt hours (gWh), FFs share was 16.95 gWh (41.55 per cent) and RE’s share was 23.84 gWh (58.45 per cent) respectively.
Friday’s FFs breakdown comprised CEB Coal 6.51 gWh, Private Sector (PS)/independent power producers’ Diesel 6.17 gWh and CEB Diesel 4.27 gWh, respectively. Friday’s RE breakdown comprised CEB Hydro 19.37 gWh, followed by PS Wind 1.34 gWh, CEB Wind 1.28 gWh, PS Mini-Hydro 1.27 gWh, PS Solar 0.33 gWh and PS Biomass 0.25 gWh, respectively.
By Paneetha Ameresekere