'All should conserve energy'
Everyone is duty-bound to conserve energy so as to mitigate the
energy crisis, which will hamper the whole world in near future since
fossil fuel as the main energy resource may end within next four
decades, Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.
The minister said so addressing a gathering yesterday in Colombo. At
the event 40 Energy Conservation Clubs established in schools
countrywide were handed over cash donations for their further progress
on energy conservation.
The event was jointly organised by the Education and Power and Energy
Ministries. Energy conservation clubs are established in schools under
the theme "Towards Energy Secure Sri Lanka" under the guidance of
Sustainable Energy Authority of Power and Energy Ministry.
Minister Ranawaka said that the world is at a risk of an energy
crisis since the fossil fuel will end in 40 years. While gas deposits
will end in 60 years.
According to estimates coal deposits will end in 80 years. Therefore,
no country can get rid of an energy crisis. The world has to overcome
this fuel crisis.
At the same time fossil fuel consuming causes huge environment impact
including global warming. Coal burning is among the main causes for
global warming, the minister said.
Therefore, the best way is energy conservation. The minister noted
that if a 60 watt electricity bulb can be switched off by every 4.6
million electricity consuming families in Sri Lanka, the annual
electricity conservation is over Rs 4.5 billion.
"In other words if we switch off a single light during the peek hours
from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm that conservation equals to shutting down a gas
turbine at Kelanitissa electricity plant."
The Electricity Board is also struggling to meet the high electricity
demand during the three hour period.
To address this issue public have to conserve electricity throughout
the day especially during peek hours. To meet the demand in peek hours
Electricity Board has to depend mainly on fossil fuel.
During the peek hours public may switch off unnecessary lights and
not using high electricity consuming appliances such as irons,
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that steps will be taken
to make the school community undestand the value of energy conservation.