Ceneco lower rates prevail in January

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The average residential power rate of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative stood at P7.5990 per kilowatt-hour this month, or a decrease of P1.1771/kWh from last month’s rate of P8.7761/kWh.

The power rate has been decreasing since September 2021, at P12.2602/kWh, P10.1788/kWh in October, and P10.0620/kWh in November.

Jose Taniongon, OIC of the Office of the General Manager, said the P1.1771/kWh rate decrease for the billing month of January can be attributed to the reduction in the generation, transmission, and system loss charges, and the implementation of the August 2021 Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WSEM) power bill reduction amounting to P183.225 million net of vat to mitigate the impact of the outage of the Cebu-Negros submarine cable.

He added that the decreasing power rate is also due to the implementation of the Over/Under Recovery Decision under Energy Regulatory Commission Case No. 2021-031 CF for the next 12 months, the implementation of the RPT Recovery amounting to P12.5 million, as well as other pass-through charges, such as lifeline, senior, and value-added tax.

The pass-through charges, equivalent to P6.4124/kWh of the total power rate, include the Generation and Transmission charges, ERC-approved adjustments, government subsidies, and taxes, Taniongon said.

“Only P1.1866/kWh of the power rate goes to Ceneco through Distribution, Supply, Metering (DSM) Charges and Reinvestment Fund for Sustainable Capex (RFSC) for its administrative and operational services,” he said in a statement Jan. 19, adding that since 2010, Ceneco’s DSM and RFSC rate has not increased.

For every kWh consumed by residential consumers, roughly 10 to 14 percent of the total bill amount goes to Ceneco. “Thus, in monitoring the monthly electricity usage, consumers are advised to look at their kilowatt-hour consumption and not on the bill amount since it varies, depending on the pass-through charges,” he added.

The Ceneco Board and management also remind electricity consumers to conserve energy to avoid paying high electricity bills.

Meanwhile, Ceneco said it will conduct maintenance activities Jan. 22 and 23, to ensure the stability of distribution lines and avoid further serious damages that will result in major interruptions.

As such, there will be power interruption, from 9 a.m. to 12noon on Saturday, affecting the Alijis Feeder 3, or from the Alijis substation to Pagla-um Village, Provindencia Subd., Purok Gaisano, Celita Village, Negros Metal Corp.–ACCO Housing, La Villa Guadalupe Phase 1 & 2, Cosmos Bottling, Hillside Subd., La Salle Ville, Mt. Carmen Ville, Hermelinda Homes, Kabugwason, East Homes 4, 5 and 6, Lion Ville, Pedrosa Village, Bacolod Homes Royal, Camella South, St. Vincent’s Subd., Grandville 1, 2 & 3 Subd., Forest Hill, Hda. Gonzaga, Brgy. Mansilingan, Green Acres Subd., Villa Magdalene, April Joseph Mansilingan, Olympia Village, Lolita Heights, Regent Pearl-Alijis, and Panaad Site, Felisa Subd., and Paglaum Village.

Ceneco will erect a 40-foot primary concrete pole and install a primary assembly in order to indent a primary line from an unknown erected street light for reliability. Personnel will also convert the three-phase crossarm assembly to alleyarm three-phase primary assembly to indent primary lines from ongoing building construction for safety, and conduct tree-clearing activities.

From 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, the affected area of the outage is the Mountainview Feeder 1 & 3, from Lopue’s Mandalagan, Bangga Subay, portion of Sta. Clara I, Mandalagan Highway, 25th, 26th, 27th streets, Convergys, Carmelite Monastery, Sunny Ville, Bombo Radyo;

Lacson Street, from Northdrive to South Capitol Road, including 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd streets, part of 23rd, L’Fisher Hotel, North Drive, Redemptorist Church, 17th Street, Riverside Medical Center, North Drive, McDonald’s, PNB, DBP, Bank of Commerce, and parts of 6th to 12th streets. | CGC