Meralco effects power rate hike on February bill

Meralco effects power rate hike on February bill.

MANILA, Feb 11 — Power giant retailer Manila Electric Company has the power to charge rate increases in its service area. This February the power monopoly will increase its total billing charges by 84 centavos per kilowatthour.

Households with 200 kWh monthly consumption will increase by Php 167.85 versus the January billing. Those with 300 kWh monthly consumption, it will result in a billing boost of Php 251.78 over January’s bill.

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Households with 400 kWh monthly consumption will have a higher charge of Php 335.71, than those with 500 kWh monthly consumption will get an increase of Php 419.63.

Meralco points a finger at the generation chharge as the culprit in hiked billing at 52 centavos per kWh. The charge was triggered by the increased rate of companies under PSAs, the scheduled outage of Masinloc and Quezon power, and the lower output of Ilijan.

On January Meralco retailed energy from Power Supply Agreements at 49 percent, Wholesale Electricity Spot Market at 4 percent and Independent Power Producers at 7 percent.

The transmission charge increases the bill by 12 centavos per kWh. It accounts for the transmission line services of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Taxes and other charges, on the other hand, are to increase by Php 0.16 per kWh. Other charges includes system loss and lifeline subsidy.

The Feed-In-Tariff (FiT) allowance will also add to the total increase by Php 0.04 per kWh.

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