BAGUIO CITY, June 15 (PIA) --- The Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) announced its plan to introduce prepaid metering which gives option to customers to use an alternative electric service to the traditional post-paid electric service.
Prepaid Retail Electric Service (PRES) uses a prepaid metering system designed to allow a retail electric service customer to purchase credit and then use electricity until such time that credit is exhausted. The automated meter allows the cooperative to provide prepaid electricity.
Delfin Cachin, BENECO department manager, said prepaid metering will be most beneficial to customers who are on a strict budget for electricity since they can control their consumption based on their preferred budget for the day or for the month.
It is also ideal for condominium and apartments for rent since the tenants can pay first then use the electricity. This is also advantage for the distribution utility and will result to the elimination of unpaid electricity left by errant tenants, he said.
Customers will have access to meter information where they can regularly monitor their electricity usage, load balance inquiry and for low credit warning that will save in administering meter reading, disconnection and reconnection activities and it will improve cash flow or better collection.
Prepaid metering is not mandatory but only an option given by the Energy Regulatory Commission for customers, it was emphasized
Beneco conducted a survey on the implementation of prepaid metering and partial result showed majority of respondents(33,600) do not agree, 2,560 agree and 348 were undecided.
Nonetheless, Beneco is giving it a try with its employees as the trial customers and installation will be next month. (JDP/JBZ/ M. Jimenez-PIA CAR/UC intern)