POWER rates could shoot up following this month’s 20-day maintenance shutdown of the Malampaya gas field.
Based on government simulations, consumers might see a P1.20 to P1.40 per kwh increase in their March power bills.
This would translate to a P200 to P300 spike in households that consume 200 kwh per month, Energy Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella said.
The Malampaya facility, which caters to gas plants across the country, will be shut from Jan. 28 to Feb. 18 for deep sea and platform repairs, he told reporters yesterday.
The shutdown will force plants that depend on Malampaya to buy more expensive diesel power, he said.
Fuentebella appealed to the public to conserve electricity during the shutdown period.
“Our aim here is to make sure hindi tayo maguguglat pagdating ng bill (we won’t get shocked by our bills),” he said.
Fuentebella advised the public to take advantage of the cold weather and turn off their airconditioners and avoid ironing clothes during peak weekday hours, 7a.m. to 8 a.m., 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.