Govt targets cheaper electricity
Feb 25, 2010 5:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking at the opening of the multi fuel combined cycle power plant at Kerawalapitiya yesterday said that the Government will focus on how the consumers are to be relieved from the burden of higher electricity bills soon.
The Government focused on alternative energy sources to generate electricity with the escalation of oil prices in the world market. The Kerawalapitiya Power plant second stage generates 100 MWs of electricity using furnace oil, he said. The President said the consumers should receive the benefits when electricity production in the country increases.
He said it is incumbent on any Government in power to face the power crisis faced by the country. "Electricity is a main factor in the development of a country and power generation should necessarily be increased if we expect to achieve the economic development," he said.
President Rajapaksa said power cuts were imposed when a power shortage arose in the country and diesel power generating plants were brought to the country as a solution to the power shortage.
The highest percentage of national expenditure goes towards purchasing fuel to operate these diesel power plants, he said.