Thursday, June 21, 2012

Electric Bill increase this June, explained by AKELCO

The 0.64 centavos for residential and 0.43 centavos for commercial per kilowatt hour increase in electric bills this June is another burden for both common households and businessmen.

However, according to Aklan Electric Cooperative (AKELCO) General Manager Chito Peralta during an interview yesterday morning, this is just temporary for the month of June because it will roll back again next month

He readily cleared out the consumer's doubt on this matter by saying that they should not worry about this.

Peralta explained that this has occurred due to the insufficient electric supply in Aklan, requiring them to obtain additional supply from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).

Although this is one of the four energy sources of AKELCO, they are only incurring 10% from them, the reason they acquired additional energy in order to cover the insufficient supply which will then be distributed to the consumers.

This followed after one of their suppliers' encountered a problem which caused a higher demand especially during peak hour or 6 o’clock in the evening.

Three months ago, AKELCO had a charge increase, but because the problem was immediately fixed, this was followed by a roll back which happened twice.

That is why it is expected, said the General Manager that the same will happen and assured that this increase is only for this month.

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