Meralco to lower power rates in September

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 9, 2020   •   422

The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has announced that power rates for the month of September will go down due to the low demand for power supply during the quarantine period.

In a statement, Meralco said a household consuming 200 kilowatt-hour (kWh) is set to save around P12 this month. Households consuming 300 kWh, meanwhile, will save P19. For households consuming 400 kWh and 500 kWh will save P25 and P31, respectively.

Meralco Utility Economics Head Lawrence Fernandez said the limited operations of several establishments brought by quarantine protocols also contributed to the low power rates.

Noong nagkaroon ng reimposition ng MECQ (Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine) for two weeks in August, nakakita rin tayo ng pag-reduce ng demand (During the reimposition of the MECQ for two weeks in August we saw a reduction on the demand) for the month of August and this was reflected in the rates this month, he said.

This is the fifth consecutive month that Meralco implemented power rate cuts in their overall charges.

Meanwhile, the electric company still has to confirm if they will also extend its ‘no disconnection policy’ which is set to end on October 31, 2020.

Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said the company has also yet to decide on the P20 million fine from the Energy Regulatory Board (ERC) due to the bill shock.

“Our lawyers are studying the order of the regulator. Hopefully, soon, we will be able to give you a more concrete answer in so far as the penalty is concerned,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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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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