PUCSL consultation ends on November 5
Submissions from the public on draft regulations for the Safety,
Quality and Continuity of the electricity service could be sent to the
Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) till November 5, 2012,
states a Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka release.
The release adds: "The PUCSL as the regulatory body for the Economic,
Technical and Safety aspects of the electricity industry is entrusted
with the protection of the public from dangers associated with the
generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity.
"In this regard, all who have obtained licences (Electricity
Licensees), who have been exempted from obtaining licences (exempted
parties) for the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of
electricity, sub-contractors as well as consumers should follow the
proper procedures in the above-mentioned functions and use of
"The proper mechanism to ensure that the relevant stakeholders carry
out their responsibilities is to implement the procedures as
Under the Sri Lanka Electricity Act No. 20 of 2009, the imposition of
the regulations with regard to the Electricity Sector is vested with the
Minister of Power and Energy and it is the responsibility of the PUCSL
to recommend such regulations to the Minister and ensuring the
compliance with such regulations by the respective parties once
implemented. As such, the PUCSL has drafted the regulations on the
Safety of electricity, service quality and continuity of supply.
"The proposed regulations will cover the following aspects:-
"The Quality Standards and Continuity of Electricity Supply
"The standards to be maintained by relevant stakeholders to ensure
the safety of consumers from dangers that could occur during the
functions of power generation, transmission, distribution, supply and
use of electricity through power lines. Steps to be taken to minimize or
completely eradicate threats to life and property that could occur
during transmission, distribution, supply and use of electricity.
"The objective of this endeavour is to ensure that the rights of the
consumer as well as to increase the quality of service in the
electricity sector by implementing the above-mentioned regulations.
"The PUCSL has decided to consider the views of proposals of all
stakeholders in the formulation of these regulations. Accordingly,
opportunities have been provided to those interested in the submissions
of the comments on draft regulations. Copies of the draft could be
obtained from the office of the Public Utilities Commission or logging
in to PUCSL website: www.pucsl.gov.lk
"The last day of forwarding written submissions is November 5, 2012.
The revised draft regulations, formulated after studying all written
submissions, will be approved by the PUCSL and is scheduled to be
recommended to the Minister of Power and Energy in accordance with the
Sri Lanka Electricity Act No. 20 of 2009. The regulations will come into
force when the Minister of Power and Energy approves and such approved
regulations are published in the government gazette.
The address of the PUCSL is: Public Utilities Commission of Sri
Lanka, 6th Floor, Bank of Ceylon Merchant Tower, St. Michael's Road,
Colombo 3. Telephone: +9411 2392607