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Meralco announces power interruption schedule in MMla, Luzon on April 1-7

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Sunday, March 31st, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – After a series of water service interruption, Metro Manila and some parts of Luzon will experience yet another interruption, this time on electricity.

This, after the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announced power service interruption in several areas of the National Capital Region and nearby provinces in Luzon.

Meralco said this is due to various maintenance works to be conducted in these areas.

According to Meralco’s announcement on its Facebook page, power interruption will be as follows:

Caloocan City (Bagumbong and Camarin), April 2, Tuesday, between 9:00am and 2:00pm.

This is due to the line reconductoring works and replacement of rotten poles in Senate Housing Subd., Bagumbong, Caloocan City;

Manila (Sta. Ana and Sta. Mesa),  April 1, Monday, between 7:00am and 7:30am.

Reason for this is the retirement of facilities affected by on-going Skyway construction along New Panaderos St. in Sta. Ana, Manila.

Manila (Sampaloc),  April 2 – 3, Tuesday to Wednesday, from 11:30pm (Tue., 04/02/19) to 5:30am (Wed., 04/03/19)

Reason: Line conversion works along P. Noval St. in Sampaloc, Manila.

Manila (Sta. Mesa) and Quezon City (Doña Imelda), April 3, Wednesday, from 9:00 to 9:30am, and from 2:30 to 3:00pm; between 9:00am and 3:00pm

This is due to the relocation of facilities and line reconductoring works along Guadalcanal St. in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Manila (Sampaloc), April 4 – 5, Thursday to Friday, between 11:30pm (Thu., 04/04/19) and 5:30am (Fri., 04/05/19) .

This is because of the line conversion works along Nicanor Roxas St. (Laong Laan) in Sampaloc, Manila.

Pasig City (Manggahan), March 31 – April 1, Sunday to Monday, between 11:30pm (Sun., 03/31/19) And 4:30am (Mon., 04/01/19).

Reason: Relocation of facilties along Caruncho Road in Bgy. Manggahan, Pasig City.

Bulacan (San Ildefonso and San Miguel); Pampanga (Candaba)

April 3 – 4, Wednesday to Thursday; from 11:30pm (Wed., 04/03/19) to 12:01am (Thu., 04/04/19), and then from 6:00 to 6:30am (Thu., 04/04/19)

Reason: Maintenance works inside Meralco – San Miguel substation.

Bulacan (Norzagaray and San Jose Del Monte City), April 6, Saturday, between 1:00am and 2:00am, and from 5:00am to 6:00am.

This shall be brought about by the repair works inside Meralco – Sapang Palay substation.

Laguna (Liliw; Nagcarlan; Pila; And Sta. Cruz), April 2, Tuesday, from 12:01 to 12:15am, and from 7:00 to 7:15am

Reason for this will be the maintenance works inside Meralco – Sta. Cruz substation.  – Maris Federez

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Meralco to cut rates this July

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019

Courtesy : storyblocks

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announced power rate cut of P0.11/kWh which would reflect in the customer’s July bill.

For this month, a household that consumes 200kWh will save P21.00 in their July bill; P32.00 for every 300kWh consumption; P43.00 for every 400kWh consumption; and P53.00 for every 500kWh consumption.

Meralco explained that the power rate cut was due to the recent reduction in transmission charges as well as the reset cost adjustment which the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) ordered to be refunded to consumers.

“Ito iyong cost para mag-conduct ng isang rate review ng mga distribution utilities, (This is the cost of conducting rate review on distribution utilities),” explained Larry Fernandez, head of Meralco’s Utility Economics.

“Ito po ay nag-a-apply sa lahat ng distribution utilities para sa Meralco (This applies to all distribution utilities like Meralco). It was equivalent to a refund na P0.07 centavos per kilowatt-hour,” he said.

Since May this year, Meralco’s power rate cut has accumulated to P0.57/kWh.

Meanwhile, Meralco denied Solar Philippines’ claim that it was instrumental in the lowering of power charges this month arguing that Meralco has not received electricity supply from Solar Philippines Tarlac Farm just yet.

Being the largest and widest solar farm in the country, the Tarlac solar farm is supposed to serve as Meralco’s additional energy source under a power supply agreement.

The solar farm can produce up to 150 megawatts of electricity which can help solve problems of rotation brownouts due to occasional thinning of power supply.

“Well, if you will look at the data it is really the transmission charge and the ERC directive that drove the prices down,” explained Joe Zaldarriaga, Meralco’s spokesperson.

Meralco, however, cannot be certain if the power rate cuts would continue in the succeeding months. – with details from Joan Nano

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Meralco announces power interruptions in several areas

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2019

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has announced that there will be power interruptions from June 17-20 in several areas across the country.

This is due to the maintenance scheduled by the electric company.

Meralco announced that several areas in Lucena, Quezon province will experience power interruptions between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Several areas include a portion of Barangay Talao-Talao.

Power interruptions in parts of Muntinlupa City and Biñan, Laguna are scheduled on Tuesday (June 18).

Other areas set to experience power interruption are Quezon City on June 19 and Laguna Bay on June 20.

To check other maintenance schedule visit Meralco’s website or check their official social media pages.

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Meralco power rates to go down this month

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, June 7th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on Thursday announced that its electricity rates will go down for the second straight month.

Meralco said the power rates for this month will be reduced by P0.19 per kilowatt hour (kWh), which translates to a decrease of around P38 for a household that consumes 200 kWh each month.

Rates for households with a monthly consumption of 300 kWh will be P57 cheaper, while consumption of 500 kWh will be P95 lower.

The power distributor said the rate reduction is due to lower generation charges as determined through the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) despite the continued tightness in supply in Luzon grid.

Last month, the Luzon grid has been consecutively placed under red and yellow alerts due to low power reserves.

Meralco said the power rates for June could have gone down lower if there were fewer alert notices issued.  

The power distributor added that lower power rates are expected in the following months when the rainy season is officially declared.

“Ang makikita na lang siguro natin kung sakaling mag-increase yung ating electricity bills is because primarily due to more consumption o mas maraming paggamit ng kuryente, sapagkat as far as rates is concerned bumaba nga po ang presyo ng kuryente,” said Joe Zaldarriaga, spokesperson of Meralco. (with details from Joan Nano)

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