A group of environmentalists in a letter to President Ranil Wickremesinghe raised concerns on the Renewable Energy Development Master Action Plan (REDMAP) funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
They noted that the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) recently organised a closed-door consultation in this regard with some renewable energy developers without inviting the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) which is the agency responsible for renewable energy expansion in the country.
“We have learned that there is no coordination between the CEB and SLSEA on the REDMAP consultation. We vehemently protest the very process of this consultation, even though the ADB may be funding this, as the data used is our own property, such data should not be allowed to be used in a manner which could prove to be detrimental to energy security,” they said questioning the reason why closed door consultations are taking place if it is for the genuine promotion of renewable energy in Sri Lanka.
“The proposed REDMAP takes a very slow pathway to renewables and thus delay both the transition, and Sri Lanka overcoming high fossil fuel reliance and debt. The REDMAP focuses only on small projects in the first few years and is not ambitious enough. It has an unambitious approach to rooftop solar which is the most environmentally friendly pathway and the fastest to deploy,” they noted.
They demanded that the CEB should hire renewable energy experts to prepare the REDMAP while calling on President Wickremesinghe to intervene into this matter and order the CEB to prepare a long term generation plan.
By Faadhila Thassim