Negros Occidental residential power rates up in March

HOUSEHOLDS in Negros Occidental may again incur higher bills this month as power distribution utilities in the province are set to increase their respective rates for the second consecutive month.

The Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (Noceco), catering to consumers in the southern portion of the province, from Pulupandan to Hinoba-an, has an increase of P0.56 per kilowatt hour (kWh).

The cooperative’s overall electricity rate for residential consumers this month is P9.0524 per kWh, higher than the P8.4913 in February.

Jonas Discaya, general manager of Noceco, said the main driver of the higher electricity rates is the P0.5145 per kWh additional generation charge from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) from which Noceco obtained a portion of its power supply.

Noceco records showed that from P4.1664 per kWh last month, it went up to P4.6809 per kWh in March.

Discaya said that aside from generation charge, their systems loss and subsidy rates also registered increases of P0.0827 per kWh and P0.0053 per kWh, respectively.

“Transmission charge, meanwhile, registered a minimal reduction of P0.0414 per kWh,” he said, adding that distribution, supply, and metering charges remain unchanged despite the increase in the electricity rate this month.

The Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (Noneco), which serves consumers from E.B. Magalona town to San Carlos City, has yet to compute its power rate for March.

Its Corplan Department manager Paulino Almedelia, however, said they are already anticipating an increase mainly due to upward movement in the generation charge.

Sulpicio Lagarde Jr., general manager of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), said they will finalize the March power rate on Friday.

Lagarde, however, said an increase is also expected this month.

Ceneco caters to most number of consumers in the province, specifically those in the cities of Bacolod, Bago, Talisay and Silay, and towns of Murcia and Salvador Benedicto.

In February, Ceneco and Noceco noted an increase of P0.4759 kWh and P0.2676 per kWh, respectively. Noneco’s rate also went up by P0.33 per kWh.

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