Zenaida G. Cruz-
Ducut, Chairperson
and CEO, ERC
 
Manila, Philippines --- (METERING.COM) --- February 17, 2012 - The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has directed distribution utilities to provide time-of-use meters and consumption data to qualified contestable customers.

In a resolution the regulator directed the distribution utilities in Luzon and Visayas to complete the installation of the TOU meters within 30 days for these customers under the first phase of implementation of open access and retail competition.

Also, under the resolution, the distribution utilities are directed to provide the contestable customers, upon request, with load profile data covering a 12-month period prior to the request, at no cost to the customers.

The installation of the TOU meters is a requirement under the Distribution Services and Open Access Rules. Also, under the Rules on Customer Switching, the distribution utilities will be the sole metering service provider for the retail electricity market until metering services at the retail level become competitive as determined by the ERC. The distribution utilities shall also conduct meter reading and data dissemination as a regulated service prior to the competitive metering service regime.

According to an ERC statement the ruling was made following complaints from some contestable customers against the intent of some distribution utilities to charge a fee for load profile data. As the data will eventually be made available to customers at no cost once the Central Registration Body is in place, it should be provided for free now.

“The ERC assures electricity consumers of its vigilance in monitoring developments in the emerging competitive retail electricity market of the country,” noted ERC chairperson and CEO Zenaida G. Cruz-Ducut.