• National Power Corp. (Napocor) has proposed to charge higher power rates in off-grid areas this year to account for higher fuel costs, which may force some households to pay up to P9.7068 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) or 17.54 percent more than their billing today.
  • The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said on Monday night it would conduct public hearings until October to review Napocor’s proposed new subsidized approved generation rates (SAGR) for at least 13 small power utilities group (SPUG) areas.
  • Napocor, which currently operates at least 281 mostly diesel-fired SPUG power plants across the country, previously filed for new 2024 rates two years ago, with some areas expecting electricity rates to rise to P8.2582 per kWh from P6.2553 per kWh. The ERC approved these rates in 2023 for implementation beginning January this year.