Power rate hike to take effect this month

Maris Federez   •   November 7, 2019   •   901

MANILA, Philippines – After a series of power rate reduction in the past months, the November electric bill will see a spike of 47 centavos per kilowatt-hour.

This means that a household consuming 200-kilowatt hour in a month will have an added P94 charge, while those consuming 300-kWh will have a P141 additional tab on their bill.

Meanwhile, households consuming 400-kWh will have an added P188 and P235 for those with 500-kWh monthly consumption.

Meralco said the power rate hike is due to the increase in the price of electricity in the spot market which is an effect of the series of yellow alert and the malfunctions that happened in several plants in the Luzon grid.

Furthermore, the refund that the Energy Regulatory Commission ordered Meralco to issue to their customer is also already depleting. The refund had been a big help in reducing the power rate in the past months.

“Nung September nandun po yung buhos nung net settlement surplus refund na inutos ng ERC sa Philippine Electricity Market Corporation kaya malaki naging pagbaba sa singil sa kuryente noong Setyembre na umabot sa mahigit 50 centavos per kilowatt hour ngayon since wala na yan or very minimal nalang yung impact nyan ngayong Nobyembre natin naramdaman yan,” Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said.

This news has brought much concern to Meralco customers.

For now, Meralco has yet to determine if the high power rate will continue until next month, although the electric company said there is a possibility that it will go down in December because electric consumption reduces as the country experiences colder temperatures. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

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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