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Regulator takes CEB to court

The long-standing tensions and tug-of-war between the PUCSL and the CEB will be fought in court

The public spat between the Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) and the Ceylon Electricity Board CEB) is now in court.

This morning  (02) the Colombo Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake heard from the lawyers appearing for the regulator a petition that the CEB had violated the law because it is not providing daily power generation reports to the PUCSL as required.

The lawyers for the Regulator told court that the PUCSL has the right to ask for information from the CEB or any other regulated body under them.

In this case the Regulator had ordered a daily power generation report to be submitted.

The CEB had complied with this order but had ceased to do so as of May 2018. The Regulator argues that the CEB has committed an offence under the Act by not providing the information.

The CEB report contains the amount of power generated from each of its sources such as hydroelectricity, coal fired plants, gas plants and how much electricity is purchased from private sector providers.

The reports also contains information such as rainfall levels in the catchment areas.

The Magistrate fixed the next hearing for April 9th.

Asoka Weerasooriya Counsel, Attorney-at-Law Kithsiri Liyanage supported by

Sampath Edirisinghe appeared for the PUCSL.