by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, June 7th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on Thursday announced that its electricity rates will go down for the second straight month.
Meralco said the power rates for this month will be reduced by P0.19 per kilowatt hour (kWh), which translates to a decrease of around P38 for a household that consumes 200 kWh each month.
Rates for households with a monthly consumption of 300 kWh will be P57 cheaper, while consumption of 500 kWh will be P95 lower.
The power distributor said the rate reduction is due to lower generation charges as determined through the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) despite the continued tightness in supply in Luzon grid.
Last month, the Luzon grid has been consecutively placed under red and yellow alerts due to low power reserves.
Meralco said the power rates for June could have gone down lower if there were fewer alert notices issued.
The power distributor added that lower power rates are expected in the following months when the rainy season is officially declared.
“Ang makikita na lang siguro natin kung sakaling mag-increase yung ating electricity bills is because primarily due to more consumption o mas maraming paggamit ng kuryente, sapagkat as far as rates is concerned bumaba nga po ang presyo ng kuryente,” said Joe Zaldarriaga, spokesperson of Meralco. (with details from Joan Nano)
They also prepared 300 flood flights which can be used in polling precincts in case of power interruption. 300 Meralco linemen will also make rounds in various areas to fix electricity lines, posts, and transformers.
“Itong Lunes nasa status kami ng general alert (On Monday, we will be on general alert) and those in the field will be ready to respond in any given situation,” according to Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga.
Meralco also reminds personnel manning the polling precincts to make sure all electrical wiring is in good condition and avoid octopus wiring which is one of the main cause of brownout.
Avoid using appliances that consumes too much electricity to avoid overloading.
In case of brownout or electricity emergencies, contact Meralco through their social media or call 1622-8118. They can also message Meralco.
SEND TO: Smart- 0920-971-6211 Globe- 0917-551-6211 Sun- 0925-771-6211
Meralco will make sure there is enough power supply in canvassing centers.—(with reports from Joan Nano)
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