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ERC lauds Electric Cooperatives that do not collect Bill Deposits

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) lauded a number of Electric Cooperatives (ECs) that do not collect Bill Deposits from its customers.  In Luzon, five (5) ECs waived their respective collection of Bill Deposits, namely:  (1) Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BENECO); (2) Lubang Island Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LUBELCO); (3) Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NUVELCO); (4) Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ORMECO); and (5) Quirino Electric Cooperative, Inc. (QUIRELCO).  Similarly, two (2) ECs from Visayas - Cebu I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CEBECO I) and Bantayan Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BANELCO), and three (3) ECs from Mindanao - Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LANECO), Misamis Occidental II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (MOELCI II), and Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LASURECO) opted not to collect the said Bill Deposit.

“These Electric Cooperatives must be emulated and lauded for truly living up to the cooperative and “bayanihan” spirits which has been the inspiration in establishing these electric cooperatives”, ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera stated.  
 
The ERC, in its evaluation, also found that the distribution utilities, both Private Utilities and ECs, have collected an aggregate amount of approximately PhP26.280 Billion as of 23 January 2019 as Bill Deposits.  

Bill deposits are collected from electricity consumers applying for new and/or additional service and from disconnected consumers who were previously not subject to bill deposits.  

The ERC is currently revisiting its Rules on Bill Deposits to incorporate or amend portions thereof in order to include provisions that will protect consumers’ interests.

“ERC commends these Electric Cooperatives for exerting efforts to reduce their consumers’ electric bill by not charging and collecting Bill Deposits and, thus, increasing their purchasing power. We encourage the other DUs to forego the charging of Bill Deposit, considering that there is no additional cost incurred and accrued to them.  If foregoing the collection of Bill Deposit is not possible, it is but fair and appropriate that the customers be entitled to some interests which the Commission is now ironing out” ERC Chair Devanadera averred.

 

Today at ERC
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hearing Schedules
Time:
09:00
Case No.:
2015-208 RC [JU] [EX] [PT] [EV]
Applicant:
PowerSource Philippines, Inc.
Venue:
Barangay Hall of Brgy. Tumbod, Taytay, Palawan
Title:
In the Matter of the Application for Authorization to Provide Electricity Service in Barangay Liminangcong, Taytay, Palawan, as Qualified Third Party (QTP) and for Issuance of the Corresponding Authority to Operate (ATO) and for Approval of the QTP Service and Subsidy Contract (QSSC), with National Power Corporation (NPC), with Prayer for Issuance of a Provisional Authority (PA)
Time:
09:00
Case No.:
2018-048 RC [JU] [EX] [PT] [EV]
Applicant:
NPC
Venue:
ORMECO Main Office, Sitio Simaron, Brgy. Sta. Isabel, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
Title:
In the Matter of the Petition for the Approval of the Proposed New Subsidized Approved Generation Rate (SAGR) with Prayer for Provisional Authority
Time:
10:00
Case No.:
2018-006 DR [EV]
Applicant:
FDCMPC
Venue:
ERC Hearing Room (15th floor)
Title:
Petition for Recovery of Unaccounted for Energy
Time:
10:00
Case No.:
2018-121 RC [JU] [EX] [PT] [EV]
Applicant:
DLPC & TMI
Venue:
DLPC's Principal Office, C. Bangoy St., Davao City
Title:
In the Matter of the Application for Approval of the Power Supply Agreement Between Davao Light and Power Company, Inc. (DLPC) and Therma Marine, Inc. (TMI) with Motion for Provisional Authority and Motion for Confidential Treatment of Information
Time:
10:00
Case No.:
2019-003 MC [JU] [EX] [PT] [EV]
Applicant:
SCPC
Venue:
ERC Hearing Room (15th floor)
Title:
In the Matter of the Application for the Approval of SMC Consolidated Power Corporation (SCPC) 1.) Business Separation and Unbundling Plan (BSUP) and 2.) Accounting and Cost Allocation Manual (ACAM) In Compliance with Republic Act No. 9136 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations
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