March, April, and May electricity bills: CEB says concessions from next month

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Electricity consumers would receive the concessions approved by the Cabinet for their March, April, and May bills from next month, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman Eng. Vijitha Herath said.

He told The Morning that the CEB had already allocated Rs. 3 billion to provide concessions for consumers.

“We have already implemented the programme and the consumers who have already paid an extra amount for their bills would receive the benefit in their next bill,” Herath said.

He said relief measures that have already been granted will not change, but this will not be the final decision regarding relief to electricity consumers, he added.

A cabinet decision has been taken recently to reduce electricity bills by 25% where electricity consumers have consumed between 0-90 electricity units in the months of March, April, and May. The consumers will be given a grace period of three months to pay, while there won’t be any disconnections or late fees.

Accordingly, about 73% of in-house electricity consumers will get a direct advantage through this relief package.

Meanwhile, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the state regulatory body, proposed a formula for the CEB and the other provider, Lanka

Electricity Company Ltd. (LECO) that can be applied to reduce the bills that became inflated when meter readers could not operate during the lockdown.
LECO has already implemented the formula and its subscribers have been given concessions as of this month.