The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announced that overall rates were down PhP 0.70 per kilowatthour (kWh) this May. The decrease is largely credited to lower generation costs from the power company’s power suppliers.


That translates to a significant savings! A typical household consuming 200 kWh will have their electricity bill will go down by PHP140. At PHP9.98 per kWh, this month’s rate is lower by PhP 1.46 compared to May 2014’s PhP 11.44 per kWh.

Generation charge went down from PHP5.41 per kWh in April to PHP4.81 per kWh this month. The reduction was driven by lower charges from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) and Independent Power Producers (IPPs), as well as a reduction in the National Power Corporation’s (NPC’s) Generation Rate Adjustment Mechanism (GRAM) collections.

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In addition to the generation charge, taxes and other charges decreased by PHP0.07 and PHP0.08 per kWh, respectively. These offset a PHP0.05 per kWh increase in the transmission charge.

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