Electricity demand rising at 7%
The electricity demand in Sri Lanka is increasing at a rate of 7
percent and the government's target is to manage the demand to maintain
the business-as-usual demand increase by 10 percent by 2020. Executive
Director, Energy Forum of Sri Lanka Asoka Abeygunawardana said.
Submitting a research paper for the symposium on "Facing Contemporary
Development Challenges of Sri Lanka" recently he said the country is
planning to maintain a 40 percent share of renewable energy in Sri Lanka
until 2020 by tapping non-conventional renewable energy resources such
as bio mass, wind, solar and ocean energy. Further, the government has
indicated its commitment to achieve carbon neutral growth in the power
sector by 2020 and to follow a carbon emissions reduction pathway after
He said Sri Lanka's per capita energy consumption is 0.4 toe which is
far below the average of 1.2 toe for lower middle income countries.
Though there is a carbon space for Sri Lanka to emit more in the
context of ecological justice, the government has recognized the
importance of deviating from the fossil fuel dominant business-as-usual
generation expansion due to non-availability of coal reserves in Sri
Lanka as it is committed to take climate change issues on moral grounds.