Meralco to increase electric charges by P1.08/kWh this month

admin   •   February 8, 2018   •   5910


MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will impose P1.08 per kilowatt-hour increase in power rates this month.

With this, households consuming 200 kilowatts a month can expect an increase of P216 in their electricity bills.

Those consuming 300 kilowatts a month will have an additional of P323 pesos; P400 will be added to the bills of households consuming 400 kilowatts per hour, while those consuming 500 kilowatts a month can expect an increase of P539.

The power distributor explained that the power rate hike is due to the increase in the prices of electricity from suppliers.

Adding to the rise in power rates is the weakening of peso, and the additional taxes imposed on transmission charges because of the tax reform law.

Meralco said that it knows the power rate hike is a too heavy burden for Filipino families, that’s why it decided to impose the electricity rate increase in several tranches.

“Medyo may mga tumataas na bilihin. Nabalitaan naman natin ang upward adjustments ng ibang basic products and services. Minabuti po naming na hindi implement itong full impact P1.08 centavos per kilowatt hour,” said Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga.

(Prices of some products have increased. We have heard the upward adjustments of some basic products and services. We decided to not implement the full impact of P1.08 centavos per kilowatt hour.)

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) also advised Meralco to take into consideration the welfare of consumers, prompting the power distributor to not entirely impose the power rate hike this February.

Meralco will release this week the increase in the electricity bill of consumers this month.

“As much as possible we do not want to delay the bills so we are trying to facilitate the simulation of the options that we would take … ideally within the week,” said Meralco Head of Utility economics Larry Fernandez.

Meralco advises consumers to conserve energy to avoid getting higher electricity bills especially since power rates normally go up during summer months. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

 

Singil sa kuryente ng Meralco, tataas ngayong Mayo

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Magpapatupad ng panibagong dagdag sa singil sa kuryente ang Manila Electric Company (Meralco) para sa bill ngayong Mayo.

Batay sa anunsiyo ngayong Biyernes, sinabi ng Meralco na tataas ng P0.185 kada kilowatt hour (kWh) ang singil dahil natapos na ang refund sa over recovered charges.

Bukod pa anila ito sa bahagyang pagtaas sa generation charge.

Ang dagdag singil ay katumbas ng P37 para sa residential consumers na kumukonsumo ng 200 kWh kada buwan, P55 para sa 300 kWh, P73 para sa 400 kWh, at P90 para sa 500 kWh ang buwanang konsumo.

Ito na ang ikalawang sunod na buwan na nagpatupad ng dagdag-singil ang power distributor.

Noong buwan ng Abril ay tumaas din ang singil ng Meralco dahil sa pagtaas ng generation charge.

DOE, ERC urged to probe unplanned outages in some Luzon power plants

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday called on the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to look into the reported unplanned outages of some power plants in Luzon that allegedly triggered a spike in consumers’ electricity bills.

Citing data from the Independent Energy Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP), Gatchalian said that for the March 2021 billing period, there were 1,580 megawatts (MW) non-coincidental unplanned outages or 61.3% of the total outages.

For the April 2021 billing period but only until April 18, there were 1,428 MW non-coincidental unplanned outages or 62.8% of the total outages, he added.

“Dapat gumalaw dito ang ERC dahil noong November 2020 last year, naglabas sila ng isang polisiya na lahat ng planta ay dapat makapag-deliver batay sa tinatawag na reliability index,” Gatchalian said in a statement.

“Kapag bumagsak sila doon sa polisiya ng ERC at hindi nila ma-justify kung bakit pumalya yung planta, magmumulta sila,” he added.

Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate Committee on Energy, also urged the DOE to address any logistical issues being faced y some power producers to prevent similar occurences in the coming weeks as the government plans to intensify its COVID-19 vaccination between May and June.

“Hindi dapat tayo magkaroon ng brownouts dahil padating pa ang mga bakuna natin by the end of this month, May, or June at maseselan itong mga vaccines. May iba na kailangan ng almost subzero freezing temperature o mga freezer na kaya ang negative 20 degrees. Kaya kung may brownout tayo, saan natin ilalagay ang mga bakuna natin? Malaking dagok ‘yan sa atin at maaantala ‘yung vaccination process natin,” he said.

The DOE should also address problems in the delivery of spare parts needed by power plants to prevent simultaneous outages, Gatchalian said.

“Dapat ring imbestigahan ng DOE ang ilang alegasyon tungkol sa logistics. Dahil nga pandemya ngayon, hindi dumarating yung mga spare parts, kaya nagkaka-problema sa logistics. Dapat magawan agad ito ng aksyon para hindi sabay-sabay na bumagsak ang mga planta,” he said.

“Dapat gawin ng pamahalaan ang lahat ng makakaya para maiwasan ang brownout. Kaya ang solusyon dito at all cost – dapat yung mga planta huwag bumagsak, huwag silang mag outage.” he added.

Meralco announced power rate hike in April

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The power rate in April will slightly increase, according to an advisory of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).

Meralco announced that a household consuming 200 kilowatt-hours (kWh) in a month will have a P17 increase in their total bill; households consuming 300 kWh per month will have a P26 increase.

For households consuming 400 kWh and 500 kWh will have an increase of P35 and P44 in their total bills, respectively.

The electric company said the power rate hike is due to a higher generation cost in the spot market. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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