Meralco rates slightly lower in June

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2020   •   374

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on Monday announced a slight downward adjustment for June, following months of spike in power rates.

In an advisory, Meralco said it will reduce rates by two centavos per kilowatt-hour (kWh) this month, bringing rates to P8.7252 per kWh to P8.746 per kWh in May.

This translates to a reduction of P4.00 in the billing of households consuming 200 kWh per month, P6.00 for 300 kWh, P8.00 for 400 kWh and P11.00 for those using 500 kWh a month.

“This month’s total rate is also the lowest since February 2018,” the advisory read.

“Because of the very significant reduction in power demand in its service area during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ period, MERALCO invoked the force majeure provision in its power supply agreements for the duration of the lockdown, reducing fixed charges for generation capacity that would have been charged by suppliers,” it added.

In a separate statement, Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga explained that if not for the move to invoke the force majeure provision, “generation charge and the total rate would have increased by 18 centavos and 24 centavos respectively.”

Meralco also repeated its previous announcement that customers will receive two electricity bills this month – their regular bill that reflects their actual consumption and the “installment payment plan” bill for those who have yet to pay they March to May billings.

“In accordance with the directive of the Energy Regulatory Commission, ang nire-require na payment ni customer is just 1/4 of the June bill… They are just required to pay 1/4 not earlier than June 30 and then the 3/4 balance would be divided into either 4 or 6 months depending on the kilowatt hour consumption nito pong February 2020,” Agnes Macob, head of Meralco Commercial Operations, said.

The utility firm said that clients consuming 200 kWh and below are qualified for the 6-month installment plan while those who are using 200 kWh and up bill be given four months to settle their accounts.

Customers may settle their unpaid bill every 15th of the month, starting June 15.

Meralco assured it will give consideration to those who cannot pay their bills yet due to the effects of the community quarantine and that their power supply will not be disconnected. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Mon Jocson)

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.

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)

Meralco, may bawas-singil ngayong Marso

Robie de Guzman   •   March 9, 2021

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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