Strengthening the involvement of provincial councils in energy: a case as the agent of eradicating energy poverty

Workshop: 6 March 2009, Columbo

The Pro Poor Policies and Practices in Services team conducted a dialogue based study during the last year to define what is meant by the Level of Energy poverty in Sri Lanka and the number of households falling below the energy poverty line.

As a part of the continuous dialogue, under the theme "Provincial councils as the agent in providing Energy for Poor" a workshop will be held on 6th March 2009 to disseminate the findings of the energy poverty study and to create awareness on the avenues available and improvements required at the National and Provincial level policies to address the issue of energy poverty.

Medium: Sinhala (with Tamil translation).
Date : Friday 6th of March 2009.
Venue: Hotel Renuka, No 328, Galle Rd Colombo-03
Presentations: Chaired by a prominent person from Central Province or from University of Peradeniya

9.00 am Introduction
9.10 am Provincial Energy Poverty: who is energy poor and how far serious is the issue?
(Based on the Sri Lankan case study of the regional study on energy poverty)
- Dileepa Witharana, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering Technology, The Open University of Sri Lanka
9.40 - 10.10 am Mandate of Provincial Councils for Reducing Energy Poverty: The Legal Status
- Dr. K B Asoka Silva, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka
10.25 am Local Resources to Eradicate Provincial Energy Poverty
(based on the Sri Lankan case study of the regional study on energy poverty)
- Damitha Samarakoon, Project Manager, Practical Action
10.55 - 11.25 am Decentralization of Energy Sector Decision-making: The Perspective of Consumers
- Y.P.Dassanayake, Coordinator, Federation of Electricity Consumer Societies
11.30 - 12.30 pm Discussion.

Accommodation could be arranged for participants arriving on Thursday evening at the venue. Contact - Damitha Samarakoon 0777 707411.

Energy poverty in South Asia (PDF, 284k)
Definitions and status of energy poverty in Sri Lanka - Eng Dhanushka Thennakoone, 2008

Renewable Energy technologies and service providers database (South Asia) - Eng MW Leelarathne

See also:
The fact and hidden truth on Sri Lanka's impending energy crisis 3-5 March 2009, Colombo
A three-day workshop which will focus on: the energy crisis; policies for efficiency, conservation and management; renewable energy options; household level energy management; social and environmental aspects of community renewable energy systems.

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