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Turning off the Lights: The Threat to Community Electricity in Sri Lanka

by Stephen Thomas and Iromi Rajepakse ITDG Publishing
Pub Date:
04/2005
ISBN:
9781853395949
Format:
Pbk 48 pages
Price:
AU$29.99 NZ$30.43
Product Status: Out of stock. Not available to order.
The World Trade Organization's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) could threaten services and projects specifically aimed at or managed by poor communities. This book explains the nature of that threat, taking community-run electricity schemes in Sri Lanka as an example. It will help to galvanize support for a pro-poor agenda in future negotiations by illustrating the dangers if the concerns of poor communities are not taken into account. Twenty years of privatization and liberalization have weakened poor communities throughout the developing world, while strengthening business and the private sector. Civil society groups and service user groups have struggled to ensure that their legitimate concerns are heard. Now international pressure through the GATS negotiations could threaten the survival of even those projects which have focused on poor communities, such as off-grid micro-hydro power schemes which are widespread in Sri Lanka. This book explains the background to the GATS negotiations and the international context across the globe, and looks in detail at the case of Sri Lanka, just embarking on the liberalization of its electricity sector. Turning Off the Lights will provide valuable ammunition to campaigners for a fairer approach to GATS, and to energy policy planners and researchers. About the Authors: Stephen Thomas is a senior research fellow at the University of Greenwich. He has researched widely in energy policy and planning. Iromi Ruana Rajepakse is a lawyer specializing in public, civil and labour law. She is the author of An Introduction to Law in Sri Lanka.

Acronyms; Executive summary; List of Boxes and Tables; Introduction; Problems with the conventional electricity sector in Sri Lanka; Resources and consumption; Organization; The planning process and government policy; Problems with the electricity sector; Rural electrification and non-traditional energy resources in Sri Lanka; The Sri Lanka electrification programme; Non-traditional energy resources in Sri Lanka; Reforms to the Sri Lankan electricity industry; The proposals; The British Model and its suitability for developing countries; Critique of the proposals; Stimulating investment in Sri Lanka's electricity industry; The World Trade Organization and the GATS negotiations; The World Trade Organization; Progress on offers and requests; General arguments on the GATS; The Cancun Summit and subsequent developments; Conclusions; The GATS; The Sri Lankan electricity system; The GATS and the Sri Lanka electricity system; Appendix 1: Retreat of multinational electric companies; US companies; European companies; Appendix 2: Information on the WTO and GATS; Appendix 3: Perceptions of the Sri Lankan electricity industry; The planning process; Consumer perceptions of the problems; The Reforms; Rural electrification; Appendix 4: The CEB generation plan - 2002-2016; Appendix 5: Examples of operating micro-hydro projects; Kithulritiella Village micro-hydro project, Perupalla, Maliboda, Daraniyagala; Thanthrikanda Village hydro project, Thanthrikanda, Miyanawita, Daraniyagala; Veediyawatta Village hydro project, Daraniyagala; Appendix 6: The Cancun negotiations; Notes and references

Stephen Thomas is a senior research fellow at the University of Greenwich. He has researched widely in energy policy and planning. Iromi Ruana Rajepakse is a lawyer specializing in public, civil and labour law. She is the author of An Introduction to Law in Sri Lanka