Issue of October 23, 2011
Mt. Province

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ERC told Abreco overcharged members with more than P22 M
by Liza Agoot

The Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) overcharged consumers in the province by P22,535,410.89.

The National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reforms Inc. (Nasecore) revealed this in a letter to the Energy Regulatory Commission.

Peter Ilagan, who heads the energy consumer group, said that the overcharges were committed for the fiscal years 2005 to 2008.

“The over collection of Abreco is very alarming and it takes this as abuse of market power when Abreco decided to deliberately keep to itself these over collection instead of disclosing these by way of a petition to reduce its current rates but maintaining its approved annual revenues. Especially that Abreco is a non-stock,non-profit organization,” Ilagan wrote in his letter addressed to Zenaida Cruz-Ducot.

He said, “Our finding is based on the Commission’s unbundling decision dated Jan. 14, 2004 under ECR Case No.2001-945 granting Abreco’s annual revenue requirement of P48,905,359 (net of purchased power cost).”

The group said members want to know    whether Abreco complied with the ERC-approved annual requirement, which made the Nasecore study the coop’s 2005 annual reports and compared its ERC-approved annual re-venue requirements against its annual revenues.

The letter added that, “The table shows that Abreco realized an accumulated over collection in the amount of P22,535,410.86 (net purchased power cost) from 2005-2008,” and still needs to look into the 2009 and 2010 reports of Abreco to find out if there were also over collections in the sales. “We urge the ERC to immediately conduct a regulatory audit of Abreco and reduce its rates to stop this over-collection and to immediately direct a refund of this over collection. We fervently hope ERC will swiftly act on this request based on its mandate to protect consumers from unjust and unreasonable rates,” the Nasecore said.

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