Meralco power rates up in April

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 9)— Power distributor Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on Thursday said customers can expect an increase in their bills for the month of April.

Meralco announced rates inched up to ₱8.9951 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the month from ₱8.8901 per kWh in March.

This translates to a roughly ₱21 increase in the total bill of a typical household consuming 200 kWh a month.

While the company reported lower generation charges for this month amid the Luzon-wide community quarantine, it attributed the ₱0.105 per kWh upward adjustment to the normalization of the universal charge rate.

"The slight adjustment this month is not due to an increase in the cost of producing and delivering electricity, but mainly due to the Universal Charge returning to its normal level following a one-time refund of ₱0.1453 per kWh in Universal Charge-NPC Stranded Contract Costs," Meralco said in a statement.

Meralco's franchise area covers Metro Manila, the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, and Cavite, as well as parts of Laguna, Quezon, Batangas, and Pampanga.

Prior to the extension of the Luzon lockdown, the company announced it will provide a 30-day payment extension for bills due from March 1 to April 14, 2020.