Asia: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Electricity Regulatory Partnership:
Supporting Renewable Development in Sri Lanka

The Energy Sector

The Government of Sri Lanka is seeking to further develop its electricity grid by increasing the reliability of its energy supply, reducing cost and improving efficiency. The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) is working to achieve these and other mandates through decreased dependence on fossil fuels and increased energy access throughout the island. In doing so, the regulator is focusing on demand-side management and renewable energy integration, among other strategies, to meet its short- and long-term goals for the energy sector.


Our Work

Supported by the United States Department of State, NARUC’s work in Sri Lanka aims to improve the regulator’s management of the power sector, promote transparency through reporting and monitoring processes and increase Sri Lanka’s competitiveness in the power sector. NARUC works with the regulator in Sri Lanka to provide strategies and recommendations to help the regulator meet its goals and achieve government mandates.

Sri Lanka is also a part of NARUC's regional work under the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA).


Selected Results

Generation Planning
PUCSL utilized NARUC recommendations and best practices on Generation Planning during the regulator’s review of a key generation expansion plan following an activity held in November 2016. Using NARUC’s recommendations, PUCSL conducted a more robust review of input data and implemented a stakeholder engagement process by opening up the plan for public comment and consultation, which previously had not been done. 

Demand-Side Management
NARUC facilitated interactions between PUCSL and the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA) as they worked toward implementing demand-side management regulations. PUCSL and SEA worked together to define the roles and responsibilities of each other and other stakeholders, which helped strengthen the oversight of implementation and execution of DSM programs. Both PUCSL and SEA acknowledged that clearly defining roles and responsibilities was critical to ensure that they are not overlapping work, but instead working in collaboration.


At A Glance

Project Dates: 2016-Present

Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Regulator Takes Significant Step Toward Renewable Energy
With the support of the U.S. Department of State and NARUC, the electricity regulator in Sri Lanka has approved a twenty-year generation plan for the country’s main utility that includes more than 2,500 MW of new wind and solar energy.

Sri Lankan Regulator Improves Long-Term Generation Planning
With the support of the U.S. Department of State and NARUC, the electricity regulator in Sri Lanka is taking concrete steps to enhance its processes for reviewing utility generation plans.