Power distributor pushes pre-paid services

March 07, 2018

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) continues its push for prepaid electricity services as 92,000 are now  enrolled under the program.

 “We ended the year 2017 with 89,717 prepaid accounts. We’re presently at 92,000 and we will continue to push prepaid and AMI (advanced metering infrastructures.) I hope the approvals of ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission) will also come out for AMI,”  said Alfredo Panlilio, the company’s  senior vice president and head of customer retail services and corporate communications.

Meralco applied a budget of P2.4 billion for AMI which  is aimed at  upgrading electric meters that would enable the company to locate power outages and other problems in its franchise area through a  system control center.

 As of end-2017, the company’s customer count reached 6.33 million, a 4.8 percent increase against 2016’s 6.04 million.

 KLoad, the company’s prepaid service was introduced  to curb  illegal connections as well as to empower customers to manage their electricity usage and to monitor their consumption in real time.

The prepaid metering system has an alert system by text message if and when a customer needs to reload to avoid disconnections.

Load comes in denominations of P100, P200, P300, P500 and P1,000 and does not have an expiry date. 

Customers can reload their accounts anytime through multiple loading channels including business centers, Bayad Center outlets and e-load retailers.

In a separate statement, Meralco said  it received the certificate of registration of eSakay, Inc. from the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday.
eSakay Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the company formed late last year to engage in the business of owning, maintaining, and operating transport service networks of charging stations, batteries, and vehicles utilizing electric energy and other alternative energy sources.

 The company is targeting two to three proofs of concept for e-trikes. It plans to roll out 3,000 to 4,000 e-trikes  in Mandaluyong.