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Meralco hikes power rates for April

Apr 08, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Meralco encourages consumers to conserve energy this summer

Meralco hikes power rates in February

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:13 PM

A typical household consuming 200 kWh will be shelling out an additional P114 for electricity

Meralco lowers January power rates

Jan 08, 2019 - 5:48 PM

A typical household consuming 200 kilowatts per hour in a month will be able to save around P68

The week in photos: June 2-8, 2018

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:52 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INDEPENDENCE DAY DISPLAY. Mall goers in Rizal on June 8, 2018, look on the 120 miniature jeepneys arranged to form a Philippine Flag in celebration of the country's 117th Independence Day. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

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

Election surveys, power hike probe, penguins in Antarctica | 12PM wRap

Feb 15, 2016 - 12:31 PM

Watch Rappler s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

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.

April rate hike awaits Meralco customers

Apr 08, 2015 - 3:40 PM

As earlier warned the rate hike is inevitable due to the ongoing Malampaya maintenance shutdown

Power rates to spike despite adequate reserves

Mar 17, 2015 - 6:51 PM

The potential rate hike is attributed to the 3 power plants’ shift to liquid fuel and diesel during the 30 day Malampaya shutdown

Meralco rates to spike in April and May

Mar 09, 2015 - 5:10 PM

The 30 day shutdown of the Malampaya facility and the higher demand for electricity during summer will cause higher electricity bills

Meralco drops rates, Cebu Pacific sanctions, NASA discovery | The wRap

Jan 07, 2015 - 6:59 PM

Meralco bills continue to drop Cebu Pacific may face sanctions NASA finds the closest Earth like planets

Effective January: New electric bill for renewable energy

Jan 05, 2015 - 7:51 AM

Consumers will pay an additional P0 406 kWh in electricity rates representing the feed in tariff allowance as mandated by the Renewable Energy Act of 2008

NAPOCOR seeks power rate hike

Dec 30, 2014 - 4:25 PM

The state run power firm has filed an application with the Energy Regulatory Commission requesting a rate increase for recovery cost adjustments

Stop new electric billing for renewable energy, SC asked

Dec 25, 2014 - 8:55 AM

The P0 040 kWh additional uniform charge violates consumer rights as it bills consumers payment for power that has yet to be generated a lawyer says

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

Meralco hikes rates in August

Aug 08, 2014 - 3:55 PM

Households with a monthly average consumption of 200 kWh should expect a P62 increase in their bill

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

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

Meralco’s power rates to decrease July

Jun 05, 2014 - 10:39 PM

The utility firm says its customers’ distribution supply and metering charges will be down by around 5 to 7

File photo by AFP

Meralco to refund payments for 'deferred' rate hike

Mar 05, 2014 - 11:19 AM

Meralco says it will refund customers who paid the amount representing the deferred amount reflected in their February bills

REFUND. Meralco will refund those who paid the deferred amount of their power bills. Photo by AFP

Petilla: Meralco Dec rate must be cut

Feb 24, 2014 - 12:17 PM

The Energy chief says there was no true competition in the spot market during the Malampaya facility shutdown leading to a spike in prices

ILLEGAL. DOE Secretary Jerichio Petilla says several power generators violated WESM rules by not offering full capacities. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Tough love for Meralco

Feb 14, 2014 - 3:13 PM

Consumers send Meralco a message on Valentine s Day

Meralco decries arbitrary WESM bids

Feb 05, 2014 - 8:29 PM

Meralco lawyer Victor Lazatin tells the High Court the bids submitted by generation companies trading at WESM do not have any economic relation

Palace rejects Meralco TRO plea

Feb 05, 2014 - 4:08 PM

But Malacañang insists it is not prejudging or pre empting the parallel probes being conducted by the government on the utility firm s record high power rate hike

DISREGARD BILL. Meralco tells its customers to disregard their December 2013 bill after the Supreme Court temporarily stopped its power rate hike. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Palace investigating Ducut

Feb 04, 2014 - 6:09 PM

The Investigative and Adjudicatory Division of the Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs is now probing the complaint against Energy Regulatory Commission chief

NOT LEAVING. Under fire for allegations she hastily approved a power rate increase, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairperson and CEO Zenaida Cruz-Ducut dismisses calls for her to resign. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Meralco to defend price hike before SC

Feb 04, 2014 - 11:31 AM

It s the turn of Meralco represented by Atty Victor Lazatin and Retired Justice Florentino Feliciano to respond to accusations of inflating electricity prices

DOE sets consultations for EPIRA amendments

Jan 27, 2014 - 4:59 PM

Consultations will be held in NCR the Visayas and Mindanao

I will not resign, says ERC chief Ducut

Jan 24, 2014 - 7:28 PM

Energy Regulatory Commission chairperson Zenaida Cruz Ducut says she will not abandon her people

NOT LEAVING. Under fire for allegations she hastily approved a power rate increase, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairperson and CEO Zenaida Cruz-Ducut dismisses calls for her to resign. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Cayetano: Study power subsidies of other countries

Jan 24, 2014 - 6:43 PM

Cayetano says schemes like prepaid electric cars in Indonesia and vouchers in Singapore will bring in investments

Tight supply till 2016 but no power failure

Jan 23, 2014 - 11:17 PM

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla says there are new plants being put up to meet the demand

Petilla endorses Malampaya subsidy bill

Jan 23, 2014 - 9:07 PM

Petilla says he will ask President Aquino to certify as urgent a bill expanding the use of the Malampaya fund

‘Burn gov't plant if not helping consumers’

Jan 23, 2014 - 7:36 PM

Osmeña says the government must decide whether or not to keep the state owned Malaya as a security plant or close it down

Remove Ducut, Aquino asked

Jan 23, 2014 - 1:14 PM

Malacañang maintains there is a process that needs to be followed and she will be given the chance to respond to the accusations

REMOVE DUCUT. President Benigno Aquino III is asked to remove ERC Chairman Zenaida Ducut from her post for approving Meralco's power rate hike. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Meralco: We did not mean to inflate power charges

Jan 22, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares says Meralco should not ask consumers to pay for the cost of its mistake

ERC 'too small' to track Meralco collusion

Jan 22, 2014 - 2:02 PM

ERC chief Zenaida Ducut says they have only 4 people for the task Bayan Muna Rep Neri Colmenares says ‘because they do not have any intention to monitor ’

NO POWER CRISIS. The House committee on energy resumes on January 22 its hearings on alleged collusion between power distributor Meralco and its suppliers. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

#StrikeTheHike: Consumer groups hit Meralco for blackmail

Jan 20, 2014 - 4:06 PM

Consumers group picket Meralco s Sampaloc office over company s threat that there would be rotating blackouts

Recto: Expand power rate hike freeze to rest of Luzon

Jan 16, 2014 - 11:22 PM

Recto says consumers outside of Metro Manila should also get relief from the power rate hike after the SC TRO on the Meralco price increase

Aquino: No need for emergency powers

Jan 14, 2014 - 9:33 PM

The President says the power rate increase may have been caused by wrong business decisions and that the consumer should not be made to answer for them

NO NEED. President Benigno Aquino III says he never asked for emergency powers to avert a power crisis and said he does not think there is a need for it. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Emergency powers for energy woes? Palace says no talks yet

Jan 12, 2014 - 11:54 PM

Malacañang says it will wait for the oral arguments on Meralco s power rate hike in the Supreme Court

Petilla: Meralco TRO won't lead to brownouts

Jan 12, 2014 - 7:05 PM

But Petilla admits smaller Meralco suppliers may not be able to cope should the utility firm fail to pay them in full because of the TRO on its rate hike

MERALCO'S PRAYER. The Supreme Court grants the Manila Electric Corporation's prayer before the high tribunal to include more power firms in its case against the power rate hike. File photo by AFP

SC includes more power firms in Meralco case

Jan 10, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Oral arguments on the case have been set for January 21

Meralco to customers: Disregard Dec bills

Jan 02, 2014 - 5:52 PM

Meralco tells its customers to disregard their December 2013 bills after the Supreme Court temporarily stopped its power rate hike

Petilla to mall owners: Use generators

Jan 01, 2014 - 1:07 PM

The DOE chief says it s voluntarily but he will meet with mall owners one at a time – first with SM whose malls have installed capacity of 135 50 MW

BANKRUPTCY? The Energy secretary says Meralco coulld go bankrupt due to the suspension of the rate hike collection.Photo taken by AFP

Top consumer issues of 2013

Dec 29, 2013 - 4:57 PM

Filipinos were mostly concerned about the rising costs of goods and services

Senators on lower power market price cap: Why only now?

Dec 29, 2013 - 2:19 PM

Senators say the lower electricity price cap on the spot market is better late than never

Trillanes bill: Tap Malampaya for power subsidy

Dec 20, 2013 - 1:24 PM

Trillanes files a bill authorizing the use of the Malampaya fund to subsidize the power rate hike in Metro Manila

NO CASH. The cash portion of the Malampaya Fund is used for the national budget. Photo from Sembcorp Marine www.sembcorpmarine.com.sg

Drilon: Review EPIRA after ‘apparent failure’

Dec 19, 2013 - 3:25 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon joins the chorus of calls to review EPIRA following the biggest power rate hike

Palace won't push Ducut to resign

Dec 17, 2013 - 8:48 PM

It s up to her to follow the lead of ex congressman Ruffy Biazon who resigned as Customs chief after he was tagged in the pork barrel scam

HIGHER BILLS. Meralco customers will have to shell out more for electricity in December, February and March. AFP PHOTO/Jay Directo

Result of Meralco rate hike probe out soon

Dec 16, 2013 - 12:11 AM

A DOE led investigation and a Senate inquiry on Wednesday seek to determine if there was collusion among power producers which led to a P4 15 power rate hike by Meralco

HIGHER BILLS. Meralco customers will have to shell out more for electricity in December, February and March. AFP PHOTO/Jay Directo

MVP group welcomes probe into Meralco rate hike

Dec 12, 2013 - 11:17 PM

The probe will allow consumers to understand the spike in power rates Meralco chair Manuel V Pangilinan says

HIGHER BILLS. Meralco customers will pay much more for electricity in December. Photo taken by AFP