Meralco to hike rates this March

Robie de Guzman   •   March 7, 2019   •   1812

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announced on Thursday that power rates in March will increase by more than P0.08 per kilowatt hour (kWh).

This means an increase of P18 in the monthly electricity bills for households consuming 200 kWh a month, P27 for those consuming 300 kWh per month while households using 500 kWh can expect their electricity bill this month to jump by P45.

Meralco said this is mainly due to high prices in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) resulting from recent low power reserves in Luzon Grid and maintenance shutdown implemented by several power plants.

Meralco Spokesperson and Corporate Communications Manager Joe Zaldarriaga said power rates usually increase during dry season due to high demand.

“The next four months, March, April, May and probably middle part of June, makikita na po ninyo, sisipa na ‘yung konsumo. With that, you can expect electricity bills to go up as well mas marami kang ginagamit na kuryente,” Zaldarriaga said.

“As demand increases and supply right now is a bit of a challenge because of the series of yellow alerts, then definitely there will be pressure for prices to go higher,” Zaldarriaga added.

Meralco estimates that the power demand in the country will further increase in the month of May due to the effects of El Niño phenomenon.

The utility firm, however, assured it will prepare accordingly to prevent any power disruption on the day of Midterm elections.

“We are all planning na huwag tayong magkaroon ng any adverse events, pero we are also prepared for any possibility to ensure na hindi ma-disrupt ang elections,” Meralco Utility Economics head, Larry Fernandez said. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Joan Nano)

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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