CEBEU says State Minister’s actions hindering work
By Faadhila Thassim
The Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) claimed that State Minister of Solar, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development, Duminda Dissanayake’s conduct is a barrier in the implementation of the General Policy Guidelines pertaining to the electricity industry.
President of CEBEU, Saumya Kumarawadu stated that energy cartels backed by Dissanayake are attempting to set an unrealistic goal of generating 70 per cent renewable energy by 2030 knowing that this is impossible and with the intention that this would lead to giving up on LNG power plants that have already been approved as per the policy guidelines.
He added that documents calling for tenders for the establishment of 190 MW solar power station and wind power station were sent to Dissanayake in September 2020 for his recommendations to get Cabinet approval but that there has been no a response so far.
Kumarawadu added the energy industry is controlled by NGOs and the attempt at policy change is part of their agenda.
He added that trade union action will be taken and services will be withdrawn if authorities together with the State Ministry of Solar, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development try to amend policies.