About RCOA


To learn more about RCOA:

 - Visit the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) site

 - Visit the RCOA site

 - Download the RCOA FAQ's for Tenants or for Property Developers

 - Download the manual

 - Or contact us.

What is RCOA?

​Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) officially began in June 26, 2013. Under RCOA, customers with monthly average peak demand of at least 1MW, dubbed as contestable customers by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), are now able to choose the supplier of their energy requirement.

These suppliers, commonly known as Retail Electricity Suppliers (RES),  will directly negotiate and contract on a wholesale level with power generation companies so they can sell electricity to contestable customers at competitive rates. These rates will be reflected in the generation charge portion of the bill, which typically comprises at least 50% of the monthly electrical bill.

When a contestable customer chooses a RES to supply his needs, this RES will also be in charge of the customer's monthly billing and collection of payments. Prior to RCOA, these tasks of energy sourcing, supply, billing and payment collection was done by the local distribution utility, Meralco.

What role will Meralco play in RCOA?

Meralco will still continue to distribute electricity to all contestable customers in its franchise area. The corresponding distribution charge due to Meralco for rendering this service will be reflected in the RES' monthly bill.

Moreover, all power distribution-related concerns like scheduled and unscheduled interruptions, new service applications for electricity, application for increased power requirements and energizing new facilities will still be coursed by the contestable customers to Meralco.