The Konsumateng Kagay-anon Inc (KKI), a Philippine consumer group, has moved for the reconsideration of the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) Decision with Final Determination for the local power utility Cagayan Electric Power and Light (CEPALCO), claiming the agency committed “reversible errors” that would cost consumers PHP885m ($21m) over the next four years.

KKI’s legal counsel, Edison Arriola, alleges that the ERC made a mistake when it took late evidence filed by CEPALCO, which were neither identified nor subjected to cross examination during any of the public hearings.

Arriola said: “The ERC’s Final Determination for CEPALCO shows a higher Maximum Average Price (MAP) for the Third Regulatory Period compared to the MAP in the Draft Determination. This appears to be contrary to the promise that the price path will continuously decrease over the regulatory period.”

CEPALCO has filed an application with the ERC to translate the MAP into its various rates after which the submitted rates will again be discussed in another public hearing by the ERC.

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