Power firms told to explain disallowed charges

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MANILA, Philippines — The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has asked power distributors and electricity cooperatives to explain why they continued to collect universal and environmental charges although the agency had already suspended their collection amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

ERC Chair Agnes Devanadera said the ERC wrote power distributors to order them to explain why they should not be fined for their violations.

“I cannot say how much fine we would impose because we are still waiting for a response to our order for them to explain why, in our initial evaluation, they had violated our advisories,” Devanadera said at the government’s online briefing on Saturday.

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