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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, October 13, 2017
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Solon seeking House probe
on P232M power pass on fee

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya filed House Resolution 1404Tuesday urging the House Committee on Energy to look into the order of the Energy Regulatory Commission for KEPCO Salcon Power Corporation and Central Negros Electric Cooperative to collect from the member-consumers P232 million in unnominated contract quantities starting Oct. 25.

The resolution said that, according to Vicente Petierre lll, legal counsel of Social Action Center-Bacolod, KSPC and Ceneco filed an application with ERC in 2013 to make consumers pay P232 million in unnominated quantities for the period July 26, 2011 to Nov. 25, 2013.

It said ERC approved the application of KSPC and Ceneco for approval and confirmation of the load factor-based pricing scheme on a monthly reconciliation of the unaccepted contract quantity of their supplemental agreement, with motion for the issuance of provisional authority, in its decision dated Sept. 27.

The resolution said SAC filed a motion for reconsideration on Oct. 4 asking ERC to issue an order setting aside the June 27 decision approving the application, and for a new decision to be ordered dismissing the case on the grounds that the Ceneco signatory had no authority to sign the petition and failed to comply with the rule on certification of non-forum shopping and that the power produced sold by KSPC to Ceneco by way of a contract is grossly disadvantageous, hence should not burden the consumers.

Ceneco general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. said the P232 million in unnominated contract quantities will be passed on to the consumers on a staggered basis over 50 months, translating to an increase in monthly billing from P0.06 to P0.08 per kilowatt hour, it added.

The resolution said Ceneco provides electricity for an estimated 1,069,073 residents for the cities of Bacolod, Silay, Bago, Talisay and the municipalities of Salvador Benedicto and Murcia that will be greatly affected by the increase of price of electricity.

Concerns over the impending electricity price hike have been consistently expressed by many residents and Ceneco member-consumers of Bacolod, it said.

The ERC order for Ceneco to increase prices requires legislative intervention to serve affordability of utilities and ensure the protection of consumers, the resolution added.*CGS



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