Power rates up by P1.46/kWh

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Monday, March 19, 2012


ELECTRIC rates in Negros Occidental have increased by approximately P1.46 per kilowatt hour (kWh), inclusive of Expanded Value Added Tax.

The effective rate will now be P10.60 per KWh.

The increase was reflected on the February 2012 electric bills, which were received by the consumers this month of March.

While he confirmed the increase, Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) president laywer Arnel Lapore said the Ceneco board is lodging its opposition to the increase before the Energy Regulatory Commission and the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).

Lapore clarified that the increase has nothing to do with the recent hold-up incident that occurred in Ceneco main office where the robbers took away P3.6 million from the cashier's office.

Lapore said the increase is for the line rentals, which is embedded in generation cost that goes to the Philippine Electric Market Corporation (PEMC) which operates the WESM, one of the entities created under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act.

He said the increase is due to the congestion in the transmission lines of the National Grid Corporation in Kabankalan City that resulted to the installation of a sub-station in the area to stabilize power in the generator's service area.

Lapore explained that, although they are opposing the rate increase, they have to implement and reflect it on the consumers electric bills because such increase is automatically charged by WESM to Ceneco while the electric coop merely serves as WESM's collection agent for the charges.

Lapore also denied that the increase was the cause for the delay in the distribution of the electric bills, as what has been observed by several consumers.

"Such increase is highly questionable and I am against it", Lapore said.

He pointed out that Ceneco has still about P78-million claims for line rentals last year, reason why they are protesting such increase.

Lapore also called on all Negros congressmen, the local government units, the business sector and the church to join them in this protest against such increase.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 19, 2012.

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