Energy

Small hydropower industry debunks negative theories

Views - 1067 Tuesday, 30 May 2017 00:01

Deforestation and impact on aquatic life negligible  Compliance among industry uncompromising Ganthuna Mini Hydropower Plant, Kegalla District    Sri Lanka’s small hyd


Sri Lanka plans to add 8361MW to national grid in 20 years require $ 14.5 b investment

Views - 1098 Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:10

Sri Lanka requires over $ 14.5 billion to implement the least cost long term power generation plan for the next 20 years, the electricity sector regulator, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said in a statement.  The State pow


Govt. to provide 1 m LED bulbs to low income consumers to reduce power consumption

Views - 1006 Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

  The Government has received the cabinet approval to launch a program to provide LED light bulbs to low income consumers, who cannot afford to purchase the energy efficient light bulbs. The Government has been paying more


Global oil discoveries fell to historic lows in 2016

Views - 930 Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

Global oil discoveries fell to a record low in 2016 as companies continued to cut spending and conventional oil projects sanctioned were at the lowest level in more than 70 years, according to the International Energy Agency, which warned that bot


Global power investment to top $ 443 b in 2017

Views - 1028 Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

Continued regulatory support for renewable energy in key markets will see global power investment reach $ 443.5 billion in 2017, a report said. Increased decentralisation, the need to decarbonise electricity generation, and digitisation to boost


Coal market oversupply risks grow as producers boost output

Views - 977 Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters): There is an increasing risk of oversupply in the global coal market as producers respond to higher prices, though power demand in countries such as Indonesia may absorb some extra output, producers and analysts said


President opens Tokyo Cement’s second Biomass Power Plant in Trincomalee

Views - 1238 Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:00

  Initiative marks commemoration of Company founder Late Deshamanya A.Y.S. Gnanam President Maithripala Sirisena ceremoniously inaugurated Tokyo Cement’s second Biomass Power Plant in Trincomalee on 5 Ma


China, India surpass US as most attractive renewables markets: Report

Views - 780 Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:00

Reuters: China and India have surpassed the United States to become the two most attractive countries for renewable energy investment, a report by UK accountancy firm Ernst & Young showed on Tuesday. In an annual ranking of the top 40 renewa


Coal to be India’s energy mainstay for next 30 years: NITI Aayog report

Views - 819 Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:00

Reuters: Coal will remain India’s main energy source for the next three decades although its share will gradually fall as the country pushes renewable power generation, according to a government report seen by Reuters. The country is the w


A clean Sri Lanka starts at home

Views - 1218 Friday, 5 May 2017 00:10

By  Asnah Anver In the wake of the recent Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse and the resultant public outcry, a new initiative to promote environmentally friendly garbage disposal practices at home was kick-started last week.   The


A viable concept and a solution for mitigating the garbage issue

Views - 907 Friday, 5 May 2017 00:00

The pressing issue of garbage dumping and the issues that coexist with it cannot be conveniently put aside and forgotten as all of us are partakers of this issue and have indirectly contributed to the catastrophic consequences. It is profoundly fe


Janathakshan and Czech Republic’s People In Need look at way forward in up-scaling biogas technology

Views - 814 Friday, 5 May 2017 00:00

Janathakshan (Gte) Ltd. and People In Need (Czech Republic) held their last project workshop ‘Up-scaling Biogas – the Way Forward’ at Waters Edge, Battaramulla through the EU SWITCH-Asia Initiative Up-scaling Biogas Technology fo


ADB shares broad-based vision to secure water in Asia

Views - 700 Friday, 5 May 2017 00:00

By Charumini de Silva in Yokohama, Japan The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday shared a broad-based vision to secure water in the Asia Pacific with a commitment of $4.2 billion for 2017, calling on all countries for long-term ecosystems-


Placing gas at the centre of Sri Lanka’s energy blueprint

Views - 2815 Tuesday, 14 March 2017 00:00

By Deepesh Nanda Any international traveller to Sri Lanka is enthralled by its natural beauty and hospitable people. Preserving its pristine environment is, and should remain, a priority for its government and citizens. At the same time, providi


Fairway selected to turn waste into energy

Views - 969 Tuesday, 14 March 2017 00:00

  Given the rapidly-escalating problems surrounding the management of municipal solid waste (MSW) especially in the Western Province, the Government has seen fit to adopt a “waste-to-energy” approach in order to e


Govt. pledges uninterruptable electricity supply

Views - 905 Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya    Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya has promised that the Government will continue an uninterruptable electricity supply even though t


‘Kelani Hybrid Bulb’ with 2,000 hours lifetime enters local market

Views - 1006 Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

Kelani Cables PLC has launched its newest product, ‘Kelani Hybrid Bulb’ that has the endurance to be alight for 2,000 hours non-stop. The significance of this product is the ability to function even if something happens to the outer co


Successful completion of Association of Provincial Biogas Programmes inaugural meeting

Views - 826 Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

Janathakshan (Gte) Ltd. and People In Need, (Czech Republic) in collaboration with the Department of Local Government North Western Province successfully completed the first of the two-day meeting dedicated towards the creation of the Association


In race to clean energy, emerging nations seize bigger role: World Bank

Views - 701 Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

LONDON(Thomson Reuters Foundation): A range of developing countries have emerged as leaders in a global race to switch to sustainable energy by 2030, by boosting their policies to help improve people’s access to reliable, affordable and clea


Pan Asia Bank’s Solar Loan Scheme, an ideal way to get ‘0’ cost electricity

Views - 819 Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

Pan Asia Bank’s Solar Loan Scheme provides financing to customers to purchase solar energy systems, enabling them to generate their own electricity and be free from electricity bills and contribute to reduce global warming. Solar energy sy


Global oil, gas discoveries drop to 70-year low: Rystad Energy

Views - 800 Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:00

  Oil and gas discoveries drop to 6 b barrels in 2016 Companies’ reserves replacement ratio drops to 10% London (Reuters): Oil and gas discoveries around the wor


Energy Management System (ISO 50001) could influence upto 60% of the world energy use

Views - 1416 Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:00

At a time the country is going through a potential energy crisis the available measures to conserve energy conservation needclose examination. The energy management system ISO 50001:2011 (EnMS) outlines the requirements of an EnMS and it is estima


Sir Robert Watson on tackling global warming and role of biz

Views - 1967 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:05

By Madushka Balasuriya When Sir Robert Watson, knighted for his groundbreaking work in helping synthesise scientific knowledge concerning a hole in the stratospheric ozone layer above Antarctica, decided to leave the cold British winter


USDA analysis says corn-based ethanol’s environmental benefits better than forecast

Views - 657 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

New York (Reuters): The US Government on Thursday said that ethanol made from corn is better for the environment than previously expected in a report boosting the country’s biggest biofuel a week ahead of a new administration that has some i


Saudi to launch $ 30-50 b renewable energy program soon

Views - 709 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

Reuters: Saudi Arabia will launch in coming weeks a renewable energy program that is expected to involve investment of between $30 billion and $50 billion by 2023, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday. Falih, speaking at an energ


Brandix accelerates its ‘Model Village’ program

Views - 672 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

  Initiative helps communities in the neighbourhoods of its factories, covering 12 towns in 12 months The quality of life in a dozen towns and villages across Sri Lanka is looking up after the Brandix Gro


Renewable energy investment fell 18% in 2016: Study

Views - 671 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

AFP: Global investment in renewable energy dropped by 18% in 2016 due to sharp falls in equipment prices and a slowdown in China and Japan, a study has found. After reaching record levels in 2015, investment fell last year to $287.5 billion, acc


China halts over 100 coal-fired power projects

Views - 640 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

Reuters: China’s energy regulator has ordered 11 provinces to stop more than 100 coal-fired power projects, some of which are under construction, with a combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts, Caixin reported on Tuesday. In


World heat shatters records in 2016 in new sign of global warming

Views - 634 Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

Temperatures 1.3C above pre-industrial times – Copernicus Nearing 1.5C ceiling set by almost 200 governments OSLO (Reuters): Last year was the hottest on record by a wide margin, with temperatures creeping close to a ceiling set by


JLanka wins big at Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Views - 646 Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

Company to continue momentum in 2017 JLanka Technologies CEO and Technical Director Dr. Mayura Jayasoma was recognised for his entrepreneurial vision by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), at the Sri


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Problem is not us women and booze: It’s paternalism and capriciousness in policymaking

Friday, 19 January 2018

The other day the President of Sri Lanka went public expressing his intention to revoke a ministerial order revoking the notion that a woman of any age has no more maturity than a youth less than eighteen years old.


MS-RW Unity Govt. must stay united for the sake of the country

Friday, 19 January 2018

A few days after the Unity Government celebrated its third anniversary, President Maithripala Sirisena asked the Supreme Court: “Whether


The joy of books! Cuddling up with a wish to explore

Thursday, 18 January 2018

I walked into a small communication shop to discover that you can buy almost anything from rubber seeds and tree leaves to bird feathers to support a student attending a school. I noted that all leaves are properly and accurately (hopefully!) identif


Wake up, drifting mega infrastructure development professionals!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Infrastructure investment is a key driver of a stronger and productive economy. Stakeholders, especially the public and the international funding agencies, demand greater transparency and scrutiny on infrastructure decision as the Government spend th


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