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Groups seek P29-billion refund for Meralco consumers

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Congress should investigate how the power distributor 'overcharged' customers from 2013 to 2018, say Bayan Muna and the Matuwid na Singil sa Kuryente Consumers Alliance

BLOATED RATES? Groups have questioned Meralco's computation of consumers' monthly electricity bills. This photo taken on January 24, 2019, shows protesters rallying against the use of coal to produce energy. File photo by Gerard Carreon

Meralco power rates going up in November 2019

Nov 07, 2019 - 6:55 PM

A typical household will shell out P94 more for November

Meralco rates slightly going up in October 2019

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Even with the slight increase this October, there has been a total downward adjustment of electricity rates amounting to almost P1.47 per kilowatt hour since April 2019

Meralco lowers rates for 5th straight month

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:25 PM

This brings the total reduction to P1.52 per kWh since April 2019

Duterte signs Murang Kuryente Act

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:31 PM

With the new law, electricity consumers will soon no longer have to pay the universal charges for stranded contract costs and stranded debts in their electricity bills

Meralco rates down for 4th straight month

Aug 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The latest reduction brings the total downward adjustment to almost P1 per kWh since May 2019

Meralco again lowers electricity rates in July 2019

Jul 08, 2019 - 3:30 PM

This is the 3rd straight month that the Manila Electric Company is reducing power rates

Meralco to lower electricity rates for 2nd straight month

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Households consuming 200 kilowatts per hour can expect a reduction of around P39 from their June 2019 bill

Meralco slashes power rates for May 2019

May 07, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Meralco adjusts power rates downward for May, despite higher prices in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market

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)

Inflation slows to 3.3% in November amid lower food prices

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:25 PM

A slowdown is seen in November after 4 straight months of rising prices

PSALM seeks to impose additional universal charge on electricity users

Jul 09, 2017 - 9:55 PM

State run PSALM requests regulatory approval to pass on to consumers the National Power Corporation s P3 7 billion debt

UNIVERSAL CHARGE. PSALM has sought an approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to collect P0.0429 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for one year. Rappler file photo

Slight increase in power rates in July – Meralco

Jul 07, 2017 - 7:05 PM

A typical residential household consuming 200kWh will have to pay P15 more in July

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

1 dead, several injured in shooting at Ivory Coast protest

Jul 22, 2016 - 11:56 PM

A hospital source says about 10 injured people were taken to hospital while one succumbed to his gunshot wounds

DOE chief's goals: Lower power rates, 100% electrification

Jul 04, 2016 - 9:25 PM

In his first 100 days Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and his team plan to study existing service contracts and methods to bring down the cost of electricity

Meralco rates to go down in January

Jan 07, 2016 - 3:00 PM

This month s generation charge is the lowest since January 2010

LOWEST. At P3.92 per kWh, this January’s generation charge is the lowest since January 2010. File photo

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.

Inflation eases to record-breaking 1.2% in June

Jul 07, 2015 - 6:09 PM

The latest inflation rate defies economists’ expectations that it would not go any lower than 1 6 the record for May 2014

Philippine inflation unlikely to go lower than 1.6%

Jun 07, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Economists cite the good and the bad of inflation hitting a 20 year low

GOOD AND BAD. The lower-than-expected Philippine inflation rate in May has its positive and negative implications, economists say. File photo by Rappler

May inflation drops to 1.6%, lowest in 20 years

Jun 05, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Sufficient supply of key food items lower electricity and fuel prices ease inflation NEDA reports

DOE warns of 7-week rotating brownout in 2015

Sep 25, 2014 - 6:12 PM

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says that if President Aquino does not get special powers at the soonest time there will be a red alert or insufficient power supply in the summer of 2015

Meralco rates down in September

Sep 08, 2014 - 2:51 PM

Generation transmission and other charges in the bill are down for the month

People arrive at the office of Meralco, the country's largest power distributor, to make payments. File photo by Agence France-Presse / JAY DIRECTO

Electricity rates to go up P0.5143/kWh due to PSALM suit

Sep 03, 2014 - 3:14 PM

PSALM warns of a hike in the universal charge if it is forced to settle over P60 B in damages from a suit filed by former employees

Another Malampaya shutdown slated in March 2015

Jul 07, 2014 - 10:20 PM

The energy department may ask for suspension of the Biofuels Act of 2006 to mitigate effects on possible power supply shortage due to the shutdown

HIGHER ELECTRICITY BILL? It remains to be seen if the scheduled Malampaya shutdown in March 2015 will result in higher electricity bills for Meralco customers. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Palace seeks to soften power price hike blow to consumers

Dec 07, 2013 - 4:56 PM

One recommendation from energy officials is to implement the price hike in at least 3 phases

IGHER BILLS. Meralco customers will have to shell out more for electricity this December and January. Photo by Agence France-Presse/Jay Directo

Malampaya shutdown to hike Meralco rates

Oct 25, 2013 - 7:32 PM

The electricity bill of Meralco clients will increase by P1 to P2 per kwh in December since the Malampaya natural gas facility will go offline around the same time as the other power plants

HIGHER ELECTRICITY BILL. Meralco customers will pay more for their electricity in December because of the maintenance shutdown of Malampaya natural gas facility. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Stable outlook on PH power sector – Moody’s

Mar 29, 2013 - 7:28 PM

The ratings agency says the Philippines power sector is expected to be stable in the next 12 to 18 months

POWER SITUATION. A worker repairs power lines in Iligan. Residents in Mindanao need to cough up more cash to get stable electricity supply. Photo by John Javellana

Rappler Animate: Why electricity rates in Philippines are high

Jul 22, 2012 - 1:02 PM

The country s high power costs have plagued the Philippines ability to compete in the manufacturing sector and burdened Filipinos for decades