Guimaras Electric Cooperative (GUIMELCO) dismissed as "baseless" and "malicious" the accusations that it has the highest electricity rate among power distributors in the country.
According to GUIMELCO, their effective rate for the month of August this year is P 9.9694 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for residential consumers and P 8.5223 per kWh at low voltage.
Compared to other electric cooperatives in Western Visayas, GUIMELCO said, their August power rate was the lowest.
"Based on ERC 2020 data, GUIMELCO's power rate is within the median of all power distributors in the country," the province's lone power distributor said
Their rate is also "approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) through Resolution No. 20, series of 2009."
"Such resolution determines the allowable charges that can be passed on by the power distributors to the consumers," said GUIMELCO.
In fact, GUIMELCO said for five years, it has not charged their consumers more than P13 per kWh.
The power distributor, meanwhile, explained that "one of the main reasons for the fluctuating electricity rate is the generation charges."
"[GUIMELCO] have no control over the generation charge imposed because power generators determine it," it said.
The generation charge according to GUIMELCO depends on various factors such as supply and demand, cost of electricity in the spot market and fuel cost.
GUIMELCO also responded to accusations that it does not directly supply power to the Guimaras Wind Farm.
"The ERC decided that the supply from Guimaras Wind Farm will go directly to the Visayas Grid through the transmission system of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines which the ERC sees as the most effective way for the distribution of the energy generated from the wind farm," it said.
GUIMELCO claimed that their average generation rate from January to August this year is at P5.1729 per kWh.
It added that of what they charge from consumers, only the distribution, supply and metering charges go to the cooperative which is only equivalent to about 25% of the bill paid by consumers.
A large portion of the amount collected from the consumers is paid to their power suppiers, NGCP, and the government.
GUIMELCO believed that the accusations against the "are part of the tactics of some personalities to advance their political agenda."IMT