The Bio-Energy Association of Sri Lanka (BEASL) was formed by a group of concerned citizens who have long strived to promote the use of indigenous resources for power generation and thus reduce the increasing dependence on imported fossil fuels for both generation of electricity and thermal energy requirements. In the backdrop of power shortages in the past years and the looming threat of further shortages and the escalation of costs of energy, the value of Biomass energy is at last being realized and has received the attention of the government authorities. In order to offer well considered opinions and advice for the formulation of necessary policies and plans BEASL has been incorporated as an association under the Companies Act.
The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) was established in August 1981 under the provision of the National Environmental Act No:47 of 1980. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (ME&NR) which was established in December 2001 has the overall responsibility in the affairs of the CEA with the objective of integrating environmental considerations in the development process of the country. The CEA was given wider regulatory powers under the National Environment (Amendment) Acts No:56 of 1988 and No:53 of 2000.
Their vision is to create an environment for all inhabitants of Sri Lanka and the contributors to its development, to have access to essential infrastructure and utility services in the most economical manner within the boundaries of the sustainable development agenda of the country. Their mission is to regulate all the utilities within the purview of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, to ensure safe, reliable and reasonably priced infrastructure services for existing as well as future consumers in the most equitable and sustainable manner.
Ceylon Electricity Board is a body corporate established on the 1st November 1969 under the Act of Parliament No. 17 of 1969. It is empowered to generate electrical energy, transmit the same and distribute it to reach all categories of consumers and to collect the revenue. It is also empowered to acquire assets, including human resources following the approved procedures. It is the duty of the CEB to make the optimal use of the resources through the application of pragmatic and time-tested managerial methods. Their mission is to develop and maintain an efficient, coordinated and economical system of electricity supply to Sri Lanka.
The Energy Forum of Sri Lanka is a non-profit organization working to create an environment that enables the promotion and adoption of renewable and distributed energy, energy efficiency and integrated sustainable resource management mechanisms to alleviate poverty, to address energy capacity deficiencies and to protect the environment. As a network of individuals and organizations from government institutions, Provincial Councils, the private sector, NGOs, utilities, universities, and research institutions, the Energy Forum serves as a network hub for non-partisan energy and waste related information and research. Energy Forum won the Silver Prize of the 2009 Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Award for the project on “Establishing private, public and civil society partnerships for ensuring the long term sustainability of the off-grid community based renewable energy power projects in Sri Lanka”.
Practical Action is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. They find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology they enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions- transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.