The commitment of the Government institutions in using electricity sparingly would be scrutinised by a special team in the coming weeks.
The Energy Conservation Committee will conduct special operations as to whether these institutions follow the Government guidelines on energy conservation, an official at the Power and Energy Ministry said.
`The committee will report to the Presidential Secretariat of the institutions that fail to heed the guidelines issued in terms of the National Energy Conservation Programme to arrest the electricity wastage,` he said.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa unveiled the programme on July 14, aiming to prepare the country according to a short and long-term plans to evade a possible power crisis if the price of crude oil barrel exceed the US$ 100 mark due to the instability in the Middle-East.
According to the guidelines, the switching off of unwanted lights, operating the fans at minimum voltage levels and keeping the air-conditioners at 26 celsius were some of the measures made compulsory in order to save 20 per cent of electricity in Government institutions.
The Presidential Secretariat had instructed all Ministry Secretaries to appoint Energy Conservation Managers to oversee that the regulations are being properly carried out, he added.
The ever increasing crude oil prices shifted a heavy burden on the power generation which greatly depends on diesel.
The total of 60 per cent demand is met by the use of diesel further pushing the cost of a unit of electricity. The CEB is selling electricity at a subsidiary rate incurring a loss of Rs. 4.50 per unit.