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Meralco bills up this month until July

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Customers of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) should brace for higher electricity bills starting this month up to July this year, as the expected increase in power consumption during the hot summer months puts pressure on power rates.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Meralco seeks staggered January rate hike

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The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has asked the Energy Regulatory Commission to approve its plan to stagger the deferred power rate increase in January over six months.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Regulator adjusts caps on power generation

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The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved the adjustments in the power generating capacity a single entity can own or acquire to protect consumers from a possible monopoly.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Militant group says Meralco recomputation not enough

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Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Neri Colmenares. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

After the Energy Regulatory Commission promised a recomputation of the rate hike that the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) imposed, a militant group has once again protested that the computed price is not enough.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Voiding power rate hike won’t stop DOJ probe

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Despite the decision of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to void the electricity price hike in the fourth quarter last year, the Department of Justice on Friday said it would continue its investigation into the alleged price manipulation and anticompetitive behavior of power companies.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Meralco ready to refund excess charges

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Protesters wear masks as they hold a rally at the Philippine Supreme Court to coincide with the oral arguments on the power rates hike petition of Meralco, the country's largest electric power distributor, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 in Manila.  AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) yesterday said it would refund any excess amount should an order from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to recalculate electricity spot market prices cut the generation cost and other pass-on charges that it had collected from its 5.3 million customers.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Palace welcomes ERC decision to void WESM prices in Malampaya shutdown

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Malacañang on Tuesday welcomed the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) recent decision to void the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market prices during the Malampaya shutdown.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

ERC to ask WESM to recompute December, January generation charges

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Citing market failure, the Energy Regulatory Commission has directed the operator of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market to recompute the generation charges it imposed on customers of the Manila Electric Co. last December and January.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

DOE to comment on power hike TRO; power firms mum on next move

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While the Department of Energy (DOE) prepares to file comments on the Supreme Court’s 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) on the P4.15/kWh power rate hike in December 2013, power generation firms have declined to bare plans on the matter.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

SC includes power market regulator, independent power producers in suit

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The Supreme Court ordered on Thursday the groups that sued the Manila Electric Co. for its controversial rate increase to include the regulator of the country’s electricity market and six independent power producers as respondents in the case.

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Power transmission rates cut

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Amid ongoing controversy on the suspended power generation rate hike, the cost of power transmission – one of the line items in consumers’ electricity bills—is set to be cut as regulators approved a lower tariff for Sy-led National Grid Corp of the Philippines (NGCP).

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Power regulators blink

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Amid the growing public anger over the record rise in electricity rates, government regulators on Saturday decided to set a lower price cap for electricity being traded on the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) while authorities are studying how to prevent power rates increases in the future.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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