Under the SRI LANKA ELECTRICITY ACT, No. 20 OF 2009, it is an offence to generate, transmit, distribute or supply electricity unless you are authorized to do so by a licence, or are exempt from the requirement to obtain a licence. (Exemptions can apply to an individual or a class of persons.)
The Licenses and Exemptions are offered based on the Licensing Application Regulations, the same regulation you always should refer before you making an application for either a licence or an exemption.
The Licensing Application Regulations also include license templates, (which will set out the different sets of conditions that will be in use in the relevant licenses (that is, for the generation, transmission, distribution, and supply). These template licenses are available on our website. Under the SLEA, licenses will contain both general and special license conditions.
These are conditions that all licences may contain. A generation, transmission or distribution licence may include conditions, for example, that require the licensee to pay us for granting the licence; prevent the licensee from engaging in anti-competitive behaviour; and compel the licensee to adhere to our decisions, orders, direction and determinations.Read more >>
These are conditions that are specific to particular types of licenses. Some examples of special conditions that are contained in different licenses are as follows:
If you intend to undertake an activity for which a licence is required, or wish to apply for an individual exemption, or if you want an extension of your current licence, you should submit an application to us.
The licensing application regulations deal with both of these matters in greater detail, and therefore you should always refer to them before you make an application.Read more >>
If you hold a licence, then during the period of validity of that licence, you may wish to apply for it to be modified. Alternatively, we may also modify it for various reasons.
We may modify licences where the licensee agrees with the proposed modification. Where the licensee disagrees then the SLEA provides for the Minister in charge of the subject of power and energy to decide whether and what modifications should be made in the public interest. This decision is made following a reference by us to this Minister, including our views on how the public interest is best served.
Small distributors (Condominium housing schemes, Residential buildings, Shopping complexes, etc.) who buy electricity from the Distribution Licensees and distribute them to tenants, were not having a rationalized method to decide on the tariff. Therefore billing methods of small distributors had been creating disputes among consumers and the distributors before the enactment of Sri Lanka Electricity Act No 20 of 2009.
With the enactment of the Sri Lanka Electricity Act, No. 20 of 2009, the legal background to suit this problem was introduced. In terms of Section 7 of the Act, Parties who are currently engaged in the distribution or supply of electricity are required to obtain a license or an exemption to continue such activities.Read more >>
Small distributors can simply download the application from the PUCSL web site. The applicant should submit the accurately prepared application with all the necessary documents, information and also a fee of 1000 LKR to the Commission.
Thereafter, the Commission grants the exemption for the applicant, followed by a Gazette Notification, Public notice on newspapers and notices to other relevant parties including the Minister of Power and Energy.
After the exemption is granted, the distributor should come up with a proposal for the tariff rate, seeking the approval of the Commission. The General guidelines that the distributor should follow to decide the tariff rate, are available at the PUCSL web site. The distributor should also submit all related and necessary documents to support his proposal.
In order to regulate the electricity industry, the Commission requires standard information from Licensees regarding their operations on a regular basis. Therefore, a system was developed and data is currently gathered through web based system on standard formats. The Data is verified and various Periodical Reports are produced for regulatory purposes.Read more >>