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ERC bombarded with complaints on Meralco’s shockingly high bills, gives MVP-Gokongwei 5 days to explain

The Energy Regulatory Commission is giving Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) five days its shockingly high billings during the enhance community quarantine (ECQ) period.

Chairperson Agnes Devanadera said ERC was “bombarded” with complaints regarding the March, April dnd May billings of Meralco which is jointly managed by bilyonaryos Manny V. Pangilinan and Lance Gokongwei.

“We required MERALCO to submit to us data or information for us to validate the accuracy of their billing calculations,” said Devanadera.

These requirements include:

1) Basis of the determination of the kilowatt per hour consumption of the captive customers during ECQ;

2) Power bills issued by the suppliers used in the computation of the Generation Rate for the same billing period;

3) NGCP invoices used in the computation of the Transmission Rate for the aforesaid billing period; and

4) the Uniform Reportorial Requirement (URR) for the said billing period.

“This will enable the Commission to determine if MERALCO has indeed complied with the relevant rules issued by ERC, such as the Distribution Services and Open Access Rules or DSOAR, and implemented accurately the pertinent advisories that we issued on 15 April and 5 May 2020 relating to the implementation of Pass Thru Charges to the consumers,” said Devanadera.

“We are adhering to our mandate of ensuring that the interest of the consuming public is promoted and protected,” she added.

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