Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has said that Sri Lanka’s aim is to achieve 100 percent electrification level by 2012. Action has already been initiated to provide access to grid electricity to 97 percent of the households within two years and the balance three percent through alternative means.
The Minister said that two coal power plants in Puttalam and Trincomalee and another major hydro power plant in Upper Kotmale are under construction while meeting stringent environmental regulations. Their aim is to meet 10 percent of power in the country by means of non conventional renewable energy sources by the year 2015. The Minister pointed out that he is happy to note that about 225 mega watts of non conventional energy power projects, including two medium sized wind-power projects are now connected to the national grid providing six percent of the total electrical energy in the country. Even though Sri Lanka’s power system is yet too small to accommodate large nuclear power plants, plans are underway to commence feasibility studies for nuclear power generation
The Minister was addressing the 74th Annual General Meeting of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Sri Lanka Network at the Ceylon Intercontinental. Vidyajothi Prof. K.K.Y.W. Perera, who was the Guest of Honour, was felicitated for his contribution to the field of electricity.