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Differential billing move opposed

The Central Negros Electric Cooperative is being asked before the Energy Regulatory Commission why it is backing the joint application for differential billing amounting to P159 million with KEPCO SPC Power Corp.

Lawyer Brick Reyes, together with the Citizens' Crime Watch, will file an opposition to the ERC and the National Electrification Administration against the CENECO and KSPC's application for approval and confirmation of the load factor-based pricing scheme.

Reyes said that if the joint application is approved, it will be an additional burden to the consumers of the electric cooperative.

“What we are asking is why CENECO signed this application that demands the cooperative to pay millions to KSPC?” he said.

He said the P159 million will be only paid for the period of 2011-2013, adding that the multi-million differential billing is only for the additional 24 MW to the original 40 MW base load.

The party was given until today to pass the opposition paper, Reyes said. “The consumers should be made aware of our current situation,” he added

Aside from the problem of KSPC's over-billing, Reyes said, the real problem is CENECO's over contracting of power; the consumers are paying for power they did not even use.

“These are the issues I am raising and I am giving the officials a chance to refute me,” he added.

If CENECO so decides to pay the differential billing, they will likely pass this burden to the consumers, he also said.*KBC


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