Meralco distribution charge down, but generation charge up

Posted at 07/09/2014 10:04 PM | Updated as of 07/09/2014 10:06 PM

But higher generation charge seen

MANILA – Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said it is implementing a lower distribution charge for its residential customers this month, but this might be offset by a higher generation charge as more power plants bogged down last month.

In a statement, Meralco said its distribution charge will go down by P0.15 per kilowatt hour.

But the power distributor expects generation charge to go up from June's P5.31 per kilowatt hour.

"Simula ngayong buwan, ipatutupad ng Meralco ang mas mababang disitribution charge na aabot ng P0.15 kada kWh para sa typical residential customer. Subalit base sa aming nakikitang indiskasyon, maaaring tumaas ang generation charge matapos magkaroon ng mga forced at scheduled outages ang ilang mga planta,” Meralco spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga said on Wednesday.

The Luzon electricity grid experienced 27 hours of "yellow alert” status in June, meaning electricity reserves were thin and prices high.

A yellow alert was raised for 25 hours in May, and 6 hours in April.