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Demand for power drops

The electricity generation (excluding non- conventional electricity) stood at 12,46,863 MWh in January, but it dropped by 22.7 per cent (964,043 MWh) in April because of the low demand.

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) attributed the reduction in April to the low demand since industrial, hotel and manufacturing sectors halted operations during the COVID 19 pandemic. Island-wide curfew also reduced the demand.

“April usually shows a downturn because of the Sinhala Tamil New Year,” PUCSL said.

Sri Lanka generated 12,46,863 MWh of electricity in January, 1,228,279 MWh in February, 1,206,069 MWh in March and 964,043 MWh in April, 2020.

Forty one per cent of the electricity in January–April 2020 was coal generated. Hydro power has contributed 21 per cent and thermal oil has contributed 38 per cent of electricity.

Oil power plants that are operated by the private sector with thermal oil generated 25 per cent of the electricity from January to April, while oil power plants of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) generated 13 per cent for the period, the CEB statistics show.

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