Electricity bills to reflect P100 reduction this month
UNTV News • January 11, 2018 • 4809
MANILA, Philippines – Power rates are expected to go down by more than 50 centavos per kilowatt hour this January.
According to the Manila Electric Company or Meralco, the prices of electricity went down in the market that lowered generation charges.
Households consuming 200 kilowatt per hour can expect a P100 decrease in its electricity bill.
While those consuming 500-kilowatt per month will have a P200 decrease in their bills.
Although power rates will go down this month, it is expected to increase by 8 centavos per kilowatt hour beginning next month.
The increase is due to the implementation of excise tax on coal products.
The power distributor explains 31% to 33% of their power source comes from coal, and a huge chunk comes from natural gas.
“For the coal power plants that supply to Meralco we are coordinating with them to check on their coal stocks. Because the excise taxes applies only for purchases of coal this 2018…so the effect of excise tax will become staggered,” Utilities and Economics Head Larry Fernandez said.
But aside from the hike in power rates due to the excise tax, the electricity bills are expected to increase until summer.
“Come summer months particularly march onwards that is when consumption starts to rise and given that situation there is pressure for prices to go up as well, we still need to continue exercising energy efficiency and make sure this become a way of life,” Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said.
Salon owner, Ivy Esteban is now preparing for the expected increase in power rates.
They are conserving electricity by limiting their use of appliances with strong power consumption. However, they might opt to increase the prices of their services if electricity rates go up.
“The public can understand it. Of course, our bill also goes up,” Esteban said.
Meralco said they have already filed a petition to the Energy Regulatory Commission to allow them to purchase electricity from renewable sources which are cheaper than coal. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – Tatapyasan ng Meralco ang singil sa kuryente ngayong buwan ng Marso bilang bahagi ng pagpapatupad ng refund na iniutos ng pamahalaan.
Ayon sa Meralco, aabot sa P0.36 kada kilowatt hour (kWh) ang mababawas sa singil sa March bill.
Katumbas ito ng P72 na bawas-singil para sa mga kumukonsumo ng 200 kWh kada buwan, P108 para sa mga gumagamit ng 300 kWh, P144 sa 400 kWh, at P180 para sa may konsumong 500 kWh.
Ang hakbang ay kasunod ng pag-apruba ng Energy Regulatory Commission sa panukala ng kumpanya na ibalik sa mga customer nito ang nasa P13.9 bilyong halaga sa loob ng 24 na buwan.
Sa pagtaya ng Meralco, nasa P0.27 kada kWh ang ire-refund sa buwanang bill ng residential customers.
“It represents the difference between yung actual na Weighted Average Tariff at saka yung ERC-approved Interim Average Rate namin. So, mayroon kaming nakitang difference in terms of the amount which is at, sa aming estimates, is at 13.9 billion,” ang pahayag ni Joe Zaldarriaga, tagapagsalita ng Meralco.
Ito ang ikalawang sunod na buwan na tinapyasan ng Meralco ang singil nito sa kuryente. Ito rin ang pinakamababang singil simula noong Agosto 2017.
Samantala, tiniyak naman ang Meralco na nananatili ang “no disconnection” policy nito para sa mga lifeline consumer na may bill na dapat bayaran sa March 2021.
Ang mga tinatawag na lifeline consumer ay yaong mga kumukonsumo ng kuryenteng mas mababa pa sa 100 kWh kada buwan.
Ang polisiya ay iniutos ng Department of Energy bilang tulong sa mga consumer na lubhang naapektuhan ng COVID-19 pandemic. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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