• Ensure 100% electricity for every house.
  • Improve the national energy efficiency.
  • Improve the efficiency and transparency of the energy market to ensure the best tariffs for energy consumers.


Number of power stations with Private Power Plants (PPP) :258

Installed Capacity with

PPP: 4,046 MW

Net Generation with

PPP: 15,374 GWh

No. of Power
Installed Capacity
Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Total 25 2,903 11,803
Hydro 17 1,399 5,149
Thermal (Oil) 7 604 1,886
Thermal (Coal) 1 900 4,764
Other renewable energies (Wind) 0 0 1.3
Small Island 2.4
PPP: Total 233 1,143 3,571
Other renewable energies (Mini Hydro) 195 394 1,232
Thermal (Oil) 3 533 1,740
Other renewable energies (Wind) 15 128 325
Other renewable energies (Solar, Dendro, Biomass) 20 88 185
Rooftop solar 88
Total 258 4,046 15,374

Source: 2018 CEB annual report

The main costs of CEB are the power purchases and operating costs of existing power plants.

CEB should use a minimum price when purchasing green energy, independent of production cost variations.


Ceylon Electricity Board

  1. Use the accrual accounting method to calculate power cost of existing government owned power plants.
  2. Use the estimated levelised cost of energy to select the electricity generating technology when investing in new power plants.
  3. Use affordable clean energy when investing in new power plants.

    E.g. CEB will account for a loss of Rs. 30 billion
    (Rs. 2 x 15 billion units) if the electricity unit cost increases by Rs. 2.
  4. Construct power stations using municipal solid waste to generate energy in every district.

    Build power plants with public and private partnerships. Government to pay tipping fees for the above plants.

  5. Exempt VAT and PAL when importing LED bulbs. Introduce an additional 30% CESS for traditional and CFL bulbs.
  6. Promote minimum energy performance standards.

    Promote efficient lighting.
    E.g. Giving away LED lamps at cost price. The customer base of CEB for households was 5.5 million in 2018. Each household will replace at least one 40W bulb per year. Promoting an energy efficient bulb of 30W will save 10W.
    Annual savings would be 100 GWh, assuming 1825 hours for a year.

  7. Carry out energy audits free of charge by the Government for large commercial buildings and 95% of the first year energy savings to be given back to the customer.
  8. Install Smart Meters in houses which consume more than 500 KWh monthly power consumption. Benefits from this programme would include;
    1. Real – time information about energy usage.
    2. Better management of electricity consumption.
    3. Enhanced billing efficiency.
    4. Avoid meter reading costs.
    5. Reduction in monthly electricity bill.
    6. Shorter outage durations.
    7. Ability to monitor Aggregate Technical and Commercial Loss (AT&CL).
  9. Develop and share short awareness videos to promote energy efficient habits for electricity, water on all social media platforms.


  1. The existing crude oil refinery was built in 1967 (53 year old technology without hydrocracker) and has a capacity of 40,000 barrels per day.

    Build a new plant with hydrocracker and a capacity of 100,000 barrels per day, on the same premises in addition to the current refinery, with 51% ownership and management by the Government.