• Power rates to go up this month


    CONSUMERS will have to pay an additional four centavos per kilowatt hour (kWh) for their electricity starting this billing month.

    The increase takes effect after the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approved the inclusion of Feed-In Tariff Allowance (FIT All) in the electricity bill.

    ERC Executive Director Francis Saturnino Juan said the FIT All will be imposed starting this month’s billing cycle.

    For a typical household consuming 200 kWh, the additional cost will be equivalent to around P38.

    The power rate hike will take effect despite a petition filed by lawyer Remigio Michael Ancheta asking the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the implementation of the FIT All.

    Juan said the Supreme Court has not issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the enforcement of the FIT All.

    “We have not received any TRO from the SC to stop the implementation of the FIT All. If no TRO is issued, it will be imposed starting January 2015,” Juan told The Manila Times.

    Similar to a universal charge, which is a separate item in the electricity bill that is used for the National Power Corp.’s debt payment, the FIT-ALL will be charged to all electricity consumers as mandated under the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.

    Funds generated by the FIT All will be used to finance the development of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass and hydropower.

    The FIT system will ensure that renewable energy developers will be paid in full for their actual electricity generation based on the fixed tariff approved for them.

    Under the FIT system, renewable energy companies are entitled to the following FIT rates: P9.68 per kwh for solar power, P8.53 per kwh for wind, and P5.90 per kwh for run-of-river hydroelectric power.

    The state-owned National Transmission Co. is mandated by law to implement the FIT-All.


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