Assessment of Power Sector Reforms in Sri Lanka: Country Report | Asian Development Bank

Assessment of Power Sector Reforms in Sri Lanka: Country Report

Institutional Document | September 2015

This country report assesses Sri Lanka’s experience in reforming its power sector for lessons and insights that other economies could find useful when pursuing their own power sector planning and policy and strategy formulation.

Sri Lanka’s power sector reforms were undertaken as part of a larger overall economic recovery effort and much-needed reconstruction program following a 30-year civil war. The power sector’s restructuring, primarily geared toward encouraging more competition and improved regulation, has brought about wider access to the grid, lower transmission and distribution losses, and a more efficient generation system; but it was met with limited success in unbundling the power system and in making electricity tariffs cost-based and more efficient. 

About this report

This assessment of power sector reforms in Sri Lanka is part of a three-country study undertaken by ADB, and makes an assessment of the effectiveness of reforms in achieving the targeted outcomes. The report’s findings also serves as guidance for improving ADB’s country and regional energy operations and assistance.

Contents 

  • Preface
  • Figures, Tables, and Boxes
  • Abbreviations
  • Summary Assessment of Power Sector Reforms in Sri Lanka
  • Introduction
  • Socioeconomic Development and Trends in the Power Sector
  • Power Sector Reform Experience
  • Analysis of Power Sector Reform Outcome Indicators
  • Way Forward
  • References