UNLIKE those of Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (Noceco), electric consumers of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) may incur lower bills this month, as it announced a drop of almost P1.52 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in its power rate.
The power distribution utility caters to consumers in cities of Bacolod, Bago, Talisay and Silay, and towns of Murcia and Don Salvador Benedicto.
Ceneco, in an advisory, said its residential rate for June is P9.5429 per kWh compared to P11.0612 per kWh in May.
"The decrease can be attributed to the reduction in generation, transmission, systems loss and other charges such as lifeline and senior citizens discount, Generation Rate Adjustment Mechanism (Gram), Incremental Currency Exchange Rate Adjustment (Icera) adjustment and value-added tax (VAT)," it said.
The advisory further said that the pass through charges equivalent to P8.3563 per kWh of the total power rate include generation and transmission charges, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)-approved adjustments, government subsidies and taxes.
Only P1.1866 per kWh of the power rates goes to Ceneco through Distribution, Supply, Metering (DSM) charges and Reinvestment Fund for Sustainable Capital Expenditures (RFSC) for its administrative and operational services.
Since 2010, Ceneco's DSM and RFSC rate has not increased, it added.
Ceneco urged member-consumers to conserve energy to avoid paying higher electricity bills.
For Noceco alone, the power distribution utility earlier reported that the increase for the month is P2.81 per kWh.
Noceco caters to consumers in the south, from Pulupandan to Hinoba-an.
From P9.9999 per kWh in May, its residential power rate went up to P12.8058 per kWh.
The main driver of the higher electricity rates was the P2.2577 per kWh increase in the generation charge, which moved from Php 5.3879 to P7.6456 per kWh.
The higher generation charge is due to increases of P4.3370 per kWh in Wesm and P0.0594 per kWh in the power supply agreement (PSA) with Palm Concepcion Power Corporation (Psalm).
"The scheduled outage of Kepco Salcon Power Corporation (KSPC) in which the share of its power contracted by Noceco was replaced by Wesm," the cooperative said.
With the higher electricity price from the spot market, it resulted to an increase on the average price of the generation rate.
Other factors that contributed to the overall increase in rates included increases in systems loss rate -- P0.3206 per kWh, VATon generation -- P0.2402 per kWh; subsidy rates -- P0.0210 per kWh; and VAT on transmission of residential customers -- P0.0055 per kWh.
The overall rate increased despite the price reduction of P0.0364 per kWh in the PSA from KSPC and transmission rate of residential customers which dropped by P0.0391 per kWh.
Noceco also advised its consumers to conserve energy and to be aware of their energy consumption to avoid paying high electricity bill.
"Please note that the generation and transmission rates are pass-on charges paid to the respective power suppliers and National Grid Corporation of the Philippines," it said, adding that "thus, the collected amounts on these charges are not retained by Noceco."
For consumers in the remaining cities and towns in the province, the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (Noneco) has yet to announce its power rate for this month.