Meralco rates to go down in January

Robie de Guzman   •   January 8, 2020   •   898

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on Wednesday said it will reduce power rates it charges to its customers this month.

In a statement, Meralco said electricity rates will be cheaper by P0.41 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in January.

This reflects a decrease of around P82 in the total electricity bill of a household typically consuming 200 kWh per month.

For households consuming 300 kWh a month, this means a decrease of P123, P164 for 400 kWh and as much as P205 for those consuming 500 kWh a month.

Meralco said the decrease is due to low power costs from its suppliers.

“The decrease is mainly the result of a P0.8659 per kWh reduction in the cost of power from Meralco’s Power Supply Agreements (PSA),” the power distributor said.

“Cost of power from the independent power producers also decreased by P0.0634 per kWH due to improved dispatch and strengthening of the peso against the US dollar,” it added.

Meralco also explained that the lower PSA charges were brought about by a reduction in capacity fees as a result of the annual reconciliation of outage allowances done at the end of each year under the PSAs approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

500,000 Meralco customers still without electricity

Robie de Guzman   •   November 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on Friday said that around 500,000 of its customers still have no power in the wake of the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

In a Facebook post, Meralco said most of those affected by power outages are households in Bulacan, Cavite, Marikina, and Quezon City areas.

“As of 6AM, bumaba na to 500K households, or 7.4% ang walang kuryente,” the power distributor said in a statement.

“Walang pong tigil ang restoration efforts ng Meralco para maibalik ang kuryente sa inyong mga tahanan,” it added.

The number is an improvement from the nearly 4 million households that initially lost power after Ulysses’ fierce winds and torrential rains toppled electrical posts and damaged facilities in Meralco’s franchise area.

It gradually decreased to 1.94 million as of 12 noon of Nov. 12 and then to more than 700,000 as of Thursday night.

Meralco reiterated its earlier assurance that its teams on the field are exerting all efforts to restore power soonest despite the current constraints.

The utility firm, however, said that power restoration efforts in areas that are heavily flooded would have to wait so as not to endanger the lives of their linemen.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals have all been lifted in the country as Typhoon Ulysses moves to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Meralco rates to go down in November

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on Monday announced a slight downward rate adjustment in November, following a decrease in the generation charges for the month.

In an advisory, Meralco said it will reduce rates by P0.0395 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in its November billing.

The rate adjustment is equivalent to a decrease of around P8 for a typical household consuming 200 kWh a month, and P20 for those consuming 500 kWh per month.

Meralco said the rate cut was driven by the downtrend in generation charges for the month due to the reduction in charges from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market following improved power supply conditions in Luzon grid last month.

Refund sa sobrang singil ng Meralco bill noong ECQ, nagsimula na

Robie de Guzman   •   July 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Sinimulan na ng Manila Electric Company (Meralco) ang pagbibigay ng refund sa mga customer na siningil at nagbayad ng kanilang mga bill noong Abril at Mayo kung kailan ipinatupad ang enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) sa Metro Manila.

Kailangan lamang dalhin ng mag-aavail ng refund ang proof of payment ng bill, at government-issued identification card, lakip ng authorization letter kung naka-pangalan sa ibang tao ang linya ng kuryente.

Ayon kay Jeff Cochon, ang Business Center Manager ng Meralco Commonwealth Branch, may naka-hiwalay na linya para sa mga kukuha ng refund upang mas mapabilis ang proseso.

“Kung mayroong dumarating na customers ng Meralco para mag-refund, agad-agad pwede sila pumunta doon sa counter na ‘yon sa dulo. At agad-agad, aasikasuhin siya n’ong ating customer care reps,” dagdag pa niya.

Ngunit paglilinaw ng power distributor, hindi lahat ng kanilang kliyente ang sakop ng refund kaya magpapadala sila ng liham sa mga customer para sa detalye at proseso ng refund at kung sinu-sino lang ang maaaring makakuha nito.

Paalala rin ng kumpanya, may ipinaiiral silang installment scheme na maaaring gamitin ng mga konsyumer upang hindi naman sila labis na mabigatan sa pagbabayad ng kanilang bill sa kuryente.

“For those consuming 200 kilowatt hours and below based on their February 2020 bill, their installment scheme will be 6 months, spread out through 6 months,” ani Marco Mañalac, ang media relations officer ng Meralco.

“For those who are consuming 201 kilowatt hours and above based on their February 2020 bill, y’ong installment scheme naman nila is spread out through 4 months,” dagdag pa niya.

Muli ring tiniyak ng power firm na hindi ito magpapatupad ng disconnection operation hanggang sa buwan ng Setyembre. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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