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Power rate most likely increase in May: Davao Light

THE DAVAO Light and Power Company (Davao Light) said residential consumers will most likely expect a power rate increase for May billing.

During the AFP-PNP press forum on May 8, Davao Light reputation enhancement manager Fermin Edillon said the increase may be attributed to the high demand for electricity and the current power supply situation during dry rate periods in Mindanao particularly in hydropower plants. 

“An increase in the use of more expensive energy sources takes place as major hydropower plants, which are cheaper, have low generation,” Edillon said. 

Edillon also explained how the power consumption increased from 452 megawatts per hour (mph) in February 2024 to 536 mph in April. 

Due to heat, DLPC noted that the use of cooling home appliances such as air-conditioning, refrigerators, and electric fans is usually extended for longer periods. 

“Anything that produces heat, or anything that you convert heat aron magpabugnaw, anything na naa’y motor, kusog gyud na siya mukaon og kuryente,” he added.

DLPC advises its consumers to conserve energy and use electricity wisely despite the increasing heat index to stabilize the total power demand in the region. 



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