NGCP asks SC to exclude them from petition vs. P4.15/kwh rate hike

January 21, 2014 12:12 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 20 — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Monday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to exclude them from the petition filed against the P4.15 per kilowatt-hour power rate increase.

The NGCP said that they were only “dragged” on the case by the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).

In its 38-page comment, the NGCP argued that the charges they are collecting were given prior approval by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) after undergoing series of publications and public hearings.

The NGCP said that the approved charges remained the same within 2013.

It added that what they are collecting is transmission charges.

The transmission charges are based on demand of a customer imposed by the NGCP.

On the other hand, generation charges are based on actual consumption of electricity imposed by generation companies that provided the power.

“These charges are billed by NGCP separate from the generation charges imposed by the generation companies. There is no way that NGCP could increase or affect the generation charges,” the NGCP said.

“NGCP has no means of colluding with the generation companies. NGCP has nothing to do with the generation charges imposed by generation companies upon generation customers. Its function is merely to assure that the transmission highways are reliable and secured…NGCP was dragged into the case based on false conclusion of Meralco that transmission charges are included in the TRO (temporary restraining order),” it added. (PNA)

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