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Regulations to be drafted for electric vehicle charging stations

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, today opened the path for public to comment on issues pertaining to an electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) and its users in order to identify and draft the required regulatory tools.

The Government empowered PUCSL to establish a register of EVCS at each distribution licensee- CEB and LECO, issue code of practice for EVCS, determine end user tariffs, issue safety and other technical standards for EVCS and collect information on a regular basis for monitoring purposes.

Also, approval was granted to introduce amendments to the Sri Lanka Electricity Act enabling regulatory intervention on EVCS, enabling PUCSL to enforce user tariffs, licensing as well as imposing of safety and technical standards.

Registration of electric motor cars in Sri Lanka has increased from 90 in the year 2014 to 3,238 in the year 2015.

Total registration of electric motor cars from the year 2011-2016 is approximately 4,349 in Sri Lanka. Apart to a large number of electric motor cars, Sri Lanka also has a limited number of electric motor tricycles, motorcycles, dual purpose vehicles and single cabs.

Around 50 privately owned Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) are operating in the country, covering all main towns, catering to the growing number of customers using electric vehicles but remain unregulated due to lack of proper legislation.

PUCSL invites stakeholders views, suggestions, recommendation, concerns and comments related to  following areas;

  1. a) Requirement of maintaining and updating a register of authorized EVCS at CEB and LECO
  2. b) Code of practices for EVCS
  3. c) Determination of end user tariffs, safety and other technical standards for EVCS
  4. d) Rights and Obligations Statement for consumers of EVCS
  5. e) Issues faced by EVCS and consumers of such centres
  6. f) Issues related to residential charging facilities

PUCSL wishes to introduce a regulatory mechanism to safeguard the rights of EVCS, consumers of such places in terms of economic, technical and safety aspects.

The draft consultation paper  is now available at www.pucsl.gov.lk for reference. A printed copy of this report also is available at the Information Centre of the Commission. Those who are interested can submit their written comments/submissions to the Commission by post/fax or e-mail and online via www.pucsl.gov.lk on or before 04th of October 2017.

Further, PUCSL plans to hold an oral submission on the same.The venue and the date of the meeting will be communicated to the interested parties at an early date. (Colombo Gazette)

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