Resolution No. 17: Adopting Rules for Prepaid Electric Service

[See also Rules for Prepaid Retail Electric Service Using a Prepaid Metering Service, as Amended; A Primer on Prepaid Retail Electricity Service (PRES); Prepaid Electricity in the Philippines: Pros and Cons]

Republic of the Philippines
ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City

Resolution No. 17, Series of 2012

A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES FOR PREPAID RETAIL ELECTRIC SERVICE USING A PREPAID METERING SYSTEM

WHEREAS, on July 13, 2009 the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) issued Resolution No. 15, Series of 2009, adopting the “Rules for Prepaid Retail Electric Service Using a Prepaid Metering System;

WHEREAS, on November 4, 2010, a petition was filed for the amendment of some of the provisions of said Rules;

WHEREAS, the proposed amendments were posted on the ERC website to solicit comments from interested stakeholders;

WHEREAS, several public consultations were conducted;

NOW THEREFORE, after careful deliberation on the issues relative thereto, the ERC RESOLVED, as it hereby RESOLVES, to APPROVE and ADOPT the proposed amendments to the “Rules for Prepaid Retail Electric Service Using a Prepaid Metering System”, hereto attached as an integral part of this Resolution as Annex “A”, as follows:

1) Expansion of the coverage of the Prepaid Retail Electric Service (PRES) to all customer classifications;

2) Approval on the use of all available types of technologies in the implementation of the PRES;

3) Classification of the acceptable Prepaid Metering System;

4) Adoption of the postpaid retail rate current at the particular month the credited load was consumed as the applicable prepaid rate, whereby the remaining credits from previous month’s consumption shall be adjusted based on the applicable postpaid retail rate in the succeeding month;

5) Setting up the alarm of a warning device three (3) days before a customer’s remaining credit is exhausted, which is based on his or her average monthly consumption, with a threshold of ten (10) kWh for every one hundred (100) kWh; and

6) Obligatory use of ERC-type approved meters in PRES revenue metering.

All rules and guidelines or any portion thereof issued by the ERC which are not consistent with these Rules are hereby repealed or modified accordingly. Rules and guidelines not affected shall remain in force and effect.

This Resolution shall take effect fifteen (15) days following its publication in a newspaper of general circulation.

Let copies of this Resolution be furnished the University of the Philippines Law Center – Office of the National Administrative Register (UPLC-ONAR) and all entities engaged in the electricity metering.

Pasig City, October 1, 2012.

Annex “A” — RULES FOR PREPAID RETAIL ELECTRIC SERVICE USING A PREPAID METERING SYSTEM, AS AMENDED

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