Electric Rates in the Philippines
Electricity is one thing that is not cheap in the Philippines. Meralco customers in Manila are reporting huge increases in their latest April 2010 electric bills. Like increases to P13.25 ($0.294) per kWh.
Up north we have a local electric utility and our electric rate has stayed about the same. We’ll see if we get hit with an increase during the May billing.
Our bill went up, but it was due to increased consumption, probably due to the heat (air conditioners working harder). Our April bill was P9,894 ($220) for 1,337 kWh, or P7.4 ($0.164) per kWh. For comparison, our March bill was P8,982 ($200) for 1,182 kWh, or P7.6 ($0.169) per kWh. The rate actually decreased a little.
I pulled out a bill from around 6 months ago (October 2009) and it was P7,578 ($168) for 1,142 kWh, or P6.6 ($0.147) per kWh. So in 6 months it’s increased about 12%.
We’ve usually got one air conditioner running almost 24/7, water pumps, and an electric hot water heater, along with lights and all of the other usual things. I’d really like to get a solar hot water heater some day. I think that would help.
There’s a protest for the increased Meralco rates going on at Facebook and it’s gotten some press coverage. Good luck. The increase comes at an especially unfortunate time, during the hottest part of the year.
UPDATE: The cost of electricity increased about 10% with the May billing, to P8.1 ($0.18) per kWh.
UPDATE: I’ve been keeping track of the cost of electricity from March 2010 to the present. I’ve charted the results so you can see the electricity price over time and the trend (red line).
Last updated October 2012