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Rappler's latest stories on electricity bill


Higher electricity bills for Filipino consumers starting June

May 22, 2018 - 10:55 AM

The Energy Regulatory Commission approves a higher feed-in-tariff allowance (FIT-All) rate, which appears as a separate line item in electricity bills

POCKET BRUISING. Higher FIT-All rate is billed to all on-grid electricity consumers, appearing as a separate line item in electricity bills. Rappler file photo

Higher electricity bills likely starting February due to tax reform

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Meralco, the country's largest power distributor, estimates an additional charge of 8 centavos per kilowatt hour (kWh)

Pacquiao on power rates: Why are consumers paying for system loss?

Aug 16, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao says dealing with high electricity bills is a burden for the Filipino people

Expect higher electricity rates this summer – Meralco

Feb 05, 2016 - 4:23 PM

Meralco s rate hike this month is mainly due to higher generation charge – the largest component of an electricity bill

RATE HIKE. Higher electricity bills could be more evident, especially that the Philippines is experiencing El Niño, Meralco says. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Meralco rates going up again in December

Dec 09, 2015 - 5:22 PM

The utility firm reiterates that it does not earn from pass through charges

INCREASE. The utility firm says on Wednesday, December 9 that this month's increase in overall rates was primarily due to higher generation charge.

Meralco rates rise in November

Nov 07, 2015 - 1:24 PM

The increase comes after 6 straight months of reduction but Meralco says this month’s overall rate is lower by P1 51 compared to November 2014’s P10 06 kWh

RISE. The November Meralco upward adjustment comes after 6 straight months of reduction. File photo by Jay Directo / Agence France-Presse

Meralco rates decline in October

Oct 07, 2015 - 3:39 PM

Power rates have been declining for the past 6 consecutive months for a total reduction of P2 26 per kilowatt hour the utility firm says

DOWN. The reduction in the overall rates in October is primarily due to the generation charge, which decreased by P0.14 per kWh from last month.

July Meralco bill slightly lower after distribution rate cut

Jul 11, 2015 - 1:36 PM

This downward adjustment may offset an anticipated increase in generation charge this July

WELCOME RELIEF. This is a welcome relief for Meralco's customers. It will surely mitigate  possible increases in the other components of  Meralco's retail rates, says outgoing  ERC Chairperson Zenaida Cruz-Ducut

Meralco power rates down in June

Jun 08, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Meralco customers will see a decrease of P0 58 per kilowatt hour for this month s bill its 4th downward adjustment for 2015

Helping Filipinos save on electricity bills

Mar 17, 2015 - 12:50 PM

WattSmart energy management platform aims to help consumers re evaluate their electricity consumption and in turn lower their monthly bills

Meralco rates spike in February

Feb 10, 2015 - 5:23 PM

This month’s billing includes the Feed in Tariff a uniform charge to all on grid electricity consumers nationwide as mandated by the Renewable Energy Act of 2008

Meralco drops rates for 3rd straight month

Jan 07, 2015 - 3:41 PM

A drop of about P38 will be reflected in the January electricity bills of Meralco customers who consume 200 kWh

Meralco rates lower in January

Jan 06, 2015 - 5:07 PM

The generation charge – the biggest chunk of a power bill – is likely to go down due to the continuous fuel price rollback

Meralco rates to drop in November

Nov 06, 2014 - 4:47 PM

Power rates will go down by P82 for typical households consuming 200 kWh as the generation charge – the biggest component of an electric bill – declines

Meralco rates up in October

Oct 08, 2014 - 6:42 PM

The weakening of the peso vs dollar and the Malampaya restriction contribute to the generation charge increase – the bulk of your electricity bill

Meralco: Gen charge up for September

Oct 05, 2014 - 12:42 PM

The increase will be reflected in the October bills of the firm s customers

A service vehicle drives past the head office of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), 14 January 2003 in Manila, the flagship of the business group of the influential Lopez family in the Philippines. Meralco is marking its centennial this year but the Lopez group of companies, which include light, water and entertainment firms, is still trying to recover from the effects of the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis. AFP PHOTO/Romeo GACAD

Power rates up in July

Jul 10, 2014 - 1:45 PM

Households consuming about 200 kWh of electricity should expect a P6 increase in their bills Meralco says

File photo by AFP

Meralco slashes June bills

Jun 09, 2014 - 5:01 PM

A household consuming 200 kWh will enjoy a P168 reduction in this month’s bill

File photo by AFP

Meralco says bills to go down in May

May 07, 2014 - 4:23 PM

The decline in other charges offset the slight increase in the generation charge says the utility firm

People arrive at the office of Meralco, the country's largest power distributor, to make payments. AFP PHOTO/JAY DIRECTO

North Cotabato LGUs, residents slam hours-long brownouts

May 03, 2014 - 1:28 AM

The protesters ask the DOE to intervene and help solve the power shortage in North Cotabato

PROTEST. Residents of North Cotabato urge the auhtorities to explain the daily brownouts and high electric bills they have been experiencing. All photos by Karl Ballentes

Electricity bills explained: Where does your money go?

Apr 12, 2014 - 11:28 AM

This infographic breaks down the different charges that contribute to your monthly bill

Meralco rates jump P0.89/kWh in April

Apr 08, 2014 - 5:27 PM

Almost all of the components of the electricity bill are up such as the generation transmission and system loss charges

People arrive at the office of Meralco, the country's largest power distributor, to make payments. AFP PHOTO/JAY DIRECTO

Meralco March rate down by P0.45/kWh

Mar 10, 2014 - 5:02 PM

Meralco says the costs of power from supply agreements and WESM fell

LOWER BILLS. Meralco customers will see a reduction in their March electricity bills. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: How WESM affects your electricity bill

Jan 22, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Meralco says its record high rate hike was due to high prices at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market or WESM What is WESM and how does it work?

COA: Gov’t power bill up by P2B in 2012

Jan 06, 2014 - 8:33 PM

State colleges and universities and the education department were among the top power consumers in 2012

Rappler Newscast | January 2, 2014

Jan 03, 2014 - 2:11 AM

The government speeds up the burial of 1 400 bodies Meralco tells customers to disregard their December bills New Year firecracker injuries reach 804

Meralco customers to see lower bills in August

Aug 08, 2013 - 3:50 PM

Generation transmission and other charges are down

LOWER BILLS. Meralco customers will enjoy a reduction in their electricity bills this month, thanks to lower charges. AFP PHOTO/Jay Directo

Vice mayoral bet's house faces power cutoff

Apr 26, 2013 - 2:51 PM

The candidate in Dingras Ilocos Norte has unpaid electricity bills amounting to P170 000

Meralco bill to increase by 27-cents in April

Apr 10, 2013 - 5:34 PM

The reasons include soaring electricity usage as summer sets in higher coal prices strong peso and maintenance shutdowns of power plants

CHARGES UP. Meralco electricity bills are expected to rise in April on higher charges. Photo by AFP