The Ceylon Electricity Board, is the largest electricity company in Sri Lanka. With a market share of nearly 100%, it controls all major functions of electricity generation, transmission, distribution and retailing in Sri Lanka. It is one of the only two on-grid electricity companies in the country; the other being Lanka Electricity Company. The company earned approximately LKR110.9 billion in 2008, with a total of nearly 4.1 million consumer accounts.
Opened in 1969, the company now has a total installed capacity of 2,684 MW, of which approximately 1,290 MW is from thermal energy, and 1,207 MW is from hydroelectricity. CEB owns one 3 MW wind farm in Hambantota, known as the Hambantota Wind Farm. The farm consists of five turbines, measuring 600 KW each. CEB also manages numerous hydroelectric dams such as the Victoria Dam, and power plants such as the Norocholai Coal Power Station.
Hydro Power Generation
The CEB Hydro Power Stations contributed 4289 GWh or 45.7% of energy during 2006. Hydro Power came from Mahaweli Complex, Laxapana Complex, Samanalawewa Power Station, Kukuleganga Power Station and three Mini Hydro Power Stations at Inginiyagala, Udawalawe and Nilambe. Small Hydro producers generated 346 GWh or 3.7% of energy during the year 2006.
The Kukule Ganga Hydro Power Plant with an installed capacity of 70 MW was commissioned and ceremonially opened on 19th September 2003. This is particularly a significant achievement which enhanced the CEB