RE meets over 50% of SL’s daily electricity demand for 27 consecutive days


Cheap and clean renewable energy (RE) led by ‘Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Hydroelectricity’ provided over 50 per cent of Sri Lanka’s electricity demand for 27 consecutive days to Friday (26 August), CEB’s Saturday (27) data showed.

 Friday’s ‘CEB Hydroelectricity percentage figure alone was equivalent to meeting 54 per cent (21.21 Giga Watt hours (GWh)) of total electricity (39.28 gWh) generated on Friday, while RE in total provided 61.69 per cent (24.23 GWh) of Sri Lanka’s electricity needs on that day, CEB statistics further showed. Meanwhile, RE provided over 50 per cent of Sri Lanka’s daily electricity needs in 46 (58.23 per cent) out of the 79 days that have transpired to Friday (26 August), CEB data also showed.

Further in 32 (40.51 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 (1.27 per cent), splits were evenly (50:50) shared between FFs and RE, respectively

However in the 238 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 77 (32.35 per cent) days and FFs in the balance 162 (68.07 per cent)  days, respectively.

In related developments, of the total electricity supplied by the CEB to consumers in Sri Lanka on Friday, FFs share was 15.05 GWh (38.31 per cent). Friday’s FFs breakdown comprised CEB Coal 7.8 GWh, CEB Diesel 3.66 GWh and Private Sector (PS)/independent power producers’ Diesel 3.59 GWh respectively.   Friday’s RE breakdown comprised CEB Hydro 21.21 GWh, followed by PS Mini-Hydro 1.21 GWh, CEB Wind 0.86 gWh, PS Wind 0.62 GWh, PS Solar 0.21 GWh and PS Biomass 0.12 GWh respectively.

‘CEB Hydro’ breakdown of  Friday comprised Mahaweli  11.82 GWh, equivalent to 55.73 per cent of total ‘CEB Hydro’, Laxapana 6.89 GWh (32.48 per cent) and Samanalawewa (ie both Samanalawewa and Kukule Ganga hydroelectric power projects (HEPPs) together, 2.50 Ggwh (11.79 per cent), respectively. ‘Mahaweli Hydro’ comprises Victoria, Randenigala, Rantanbe, Kotmale and Upper Kotmale HEEP projects, respectively.

By Paneetha Ameresekere