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Meralco advises increase in August electric bill



The Manila Electric Co. announced on Friday that power consumers in Metro Manila should expect an increase in the August electric bill. 

Meralco explained that they were hoping for generation charges to go down but rather they experienced a higher generation rate of P0.44 per kilowatt hour in July. The said generation rate hike will reflect on August bills.

Due to the high prices at the wholesale electricity spot market, Meralco’s July generation rate went up to P6.0962 per kWh from P5.6546 a month earlier.

Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said in an interview that he already asked the Philippine Electricity Market Corp., operator of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM), to explain the increase in generation rate in July.

"They shouldn’t just explain. They have to show me the numbers," Almendras said.

According to Meralco, customers with a monthly consumption of 200 kWh will experience an increase of P88 in their August bill, while those consuming 100 kWh or less will have lesser increase at an average of P0.22 per kWh.

It is recorded that July’s generation rate is the second highest this year. The highest generation charge reached P6.77 per kWh in April.

The prices of WESM increased by P3.08 per kWh last month, wherein P1.46 per kWh was due to higher market clearing prices, P0.85 per kWh was due to the increase in line rental cost and the remaining P0.77 per kWh was due to various adjustments of WESM supply for June 2010.