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Majority not affected

Dec 14, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday stated that the bills of 78 percent of the electricity consumers would not be increased by the new proposed electricity tariff as they consume lesser than 90 units monthly. The electricity tariff will be increased for those customers whose monthly consumption is above 90 units. The Minister revealing that the annual electricity demand in Sri Lanka is 10,000 million KWs, said the hydro electricity could only meet 4,500 million KWs out of it. The rest of the demand is to be generated by thermal power. He said each customer can be provided with 73 units of hydro electricity monthly and their extra consumption is generated at thermal power plants which is costly. He said the cost of a unit generated at thermal power plants ranges from Rs 12 to Rs 46.   Read more:www.dailynews.lk/2010/12/15/pol01.asp