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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, June 20, 2019

Hearing Schedules
Time:
10:00
Case No.:
2019-001 RM [EX]
Applicant:
PIPPA
Venue:
ERC Visayas Field Office, St. Mary’s Drive, Banilad, Cebu City
Title:
In the Matter of the Petition for the Amendment of the Guidelines for the Financial Standards of Generation Companies
Time:
10:00
Case No.:
2019-021 RC (CANCELLED) [EX]
Applicant:
NPC (CANCELLED)
Venue:
Gladiola Hall, Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet (CANCELLED)
Title:
In the Matter of the Petition for the Availment of the Environmental Charge / Share from the Universal Charge for the Rehabilitation and Management of Watershed Areas (Plan 16) (CANCELLED)
Time:
10:00
Case No.:
2019-022 RC [EX]
Applicant:
NGCP
Venue:
Filipina Hotel Calapan M. Roxas Street, barangay Sto. Niño, Calapan City 5200 Oriental Mindoro
Title:
In the Matter of the Application for the Approval of the Palawan - Mindoro Interconnection Project (Stage 1), with Prayer for Provisional Authority
Time:
14:00
Case No.:
2018-004 MC [JU] [EX] [PT] [EV]
Applicant:
PHESI
Venue:
ERC Hearing Room (15th floor)
Title:
In the Matter of the Application for Authority to Develop, Own and Operate a Dedicated Point to Point Limited Transmission Line to Connect the 16 MW PHESI Wind Farm to NPCs 69 kV Transmission Line
Time:
14:00
Case No.:
2019-004 RC [EX]
Applicant:
NPC
Venue:
ERC Visayas Field Office, St. Mary’s Drive, Banilad, Cebu City
Title:
In the Matter of the Petition for the Approval of the Recovery / Refund from the Universal Charge of the Shortfall/Surplus in the Missionary Electrification Subsidy for CY 2016 and the Corresponding Adjustment of the Universal Charge for Missionary Electrification (UC-ME), with Prayer of the Issuance of Provisional Authority (PA)

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