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Overly expensive electrical bills!
My guess, just a guess: HECO bills the Navy at possibly commercial rates -> Navy adds administrative fee and bills the property manager -> property manager adds another administrative fee and lumps in all common area and non-tenant usage and then proportionally bills the tenants. Two administrative fees and common area usage added to the bill. How much are the “administrative fees? Follow the money.
But why the big increase when electric bills across the State fell during that time frame. Someone’s got their fingers in the cookie jar!
Greed? No one was looking? Take your pick.
Navy also needs their fair share to maintain the infrastructure they have.
Why can’t the state Consumer Advocate get involved here?
Not very expensive to submeter these days. Digital equipment mostly wireless. As long as it is a “meter” per ANSI C12 with related certificates (C57, C12) and UL (or equivalent) listed product (not 61010, lab equipment monitor types that are not compliant with UL standards for use around electrical panels which are being sold here) should be ok. Caution: there are cheaper products out there that say “complies with” both ANSI C12 and C57 standards but cannot produce the certificate itself. If not properly certified and properly listed, please think safety and reliability first and don’t get it. Ex., I got an electric bill for $130 at a condo, challenged it, got it reduced to $50. If utility grade accuracy per ANSI should have only been $3 or so at most variance. Of course the AOAO chose the cheapest system and did not produce certificates from vendors. Beware.
it’s more than just installing new meters. To keep costs down when building the units the Navy probably connected all of the units to the same lines. If that is the case they would have to redo all of the electrical to make it so there is only one line going into each unit.