Meralco to cut rates this July

Marje Pelayo   •   July 8, 2019   •   1332

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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

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.)

Bawas-singil ng Meralco, ipatutupad ngayong Pebrero

Freema Gloria   •   February 8, 2021

Nag-anunsyo ang Manila Electric Company (Meralco) ng bahagyang pagbaba ng singil sa kuryente ngayong Pebrero nang P0.07 centavos per kilowatt hour.

Nangangahulugan ito na mababawasan ng mga P14 ang babayaran ng mga customer ng Meralco na may average consumption na 200 kwh sa loob ng isang buwan.

Nasa P21 naman ang maaaring mabawas sa mga kumokonsumo ng 300 kwh, P28 kung ang konsumo naman ay umaabot sa 400 kwh, at P35 sa mga may konsumo na 500 kwh kada buwan.

Ayon sa Meralco, ang naturang bawas-singil sa kuryente ay bunsod ng pagbaba ng fixed charges na ipinapataw ng mga plantang pinagkukunan ng kuryente ng power distributor. (ulat mula kay Joan Nano)

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