Paulino Almedelia, corporate planningmanager of Noneco, said this month’s lower generation cost amounted to onlyP0.1169/kWh although the transmission and systems loss charges increased by atotal of P0.0218/kWh. Meanwhile, the Negros OccidentalElectric Cooperative (Noceco) also reported a reduction in its January powerrate of P0.5418/ kWh – from last month’s P10.8869 to P10.3451 in the currentbilling. “The decrease in generation is minimalcommensurate to the decrease in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market price,”Almedelia said. BACOLOD City – Reduction in generationcost has brought down residential power rates in three electric cooperatives inNegros Occidental for January. The Central Negros ElectricCooperative (Ceneco) on Monday announced its rate for the billing month of Januaryhas decreased by P0.0671 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) – from P10.4678 in December toonly P10.4007 in January. He added the minimal decrease was dueto the net fluctuation brought by the decrease in generation cost and anincrease in transmission cost. Power lines of Central Negros Electric Cooperative in Bacolod City. The reduction in generation cost has brought down residential power rates in three electric cooperatives in Negros Occidental this January. PNA BACOLOD FILE PHOTO Noceco general manager Jonas Discayasaid the lower electricity rate this month can be attributed to the P0.3393/kWhreduction in the generation charge – from P5.8864 in December to P5.5471 inJanuary.(With a report from PNA/PN) He added that despite the decrease inthe current month’s billing, consumers should still conserve energy to avoidpaying high electricity bills. Meanwhile, the Northern NegrosOccidental Electric Cooperative (Noneco) reported a drop in its power rate byP0.0391/kWh – from P11.0703 in December to P11.0312 in January. Jose Taniongon, officer-in-charge ofthe Office of the General Manager, said the P0.0671/kWh rate is due to thereduction in generation, transmission and system loss charges.