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Electric rates fall on all islands in July

By Star-Advertiser Staff


Residential electricity bills fell on all islands in July from June, the state’s two power utilities reported today.

The rate for customers on Oahu declined to 34.7 cents a kilowat hour in July from 35.1 cents a kilowatt-hour in June, according to Hawaiian Electric Co. The July rate translates into a monthly bill of $216.85 for households using 600 kilowatts of electricity a month, down $1.75 from June.

Even with the decreases, however, electric rates statewide remained high by historical standards largely because of the utilities’ dependence on expensive fuel oil for power generation. Oahu’s rate in July was the second highest on record.

Elsewhere in the state, Maui Electric Co. customers saw rates fall to to 37.5 cents per kilowatt-hour in July from June's 38.8 cents. The typical Maui bill fell by $8.34 to $233.56.
Hawaii island residential rates fell to 41.4 cents a kilowatt-hour from last month's 42 cents. The typical bill fell by $3.73 to $258.68.

On Kauai the rate fell to 38.4 cents per kilowatt-hour from from 42.81 cents per kilowatt-hour in June, according to the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative.

Hawaii consistently has the highest electricity costs in the nation. The statewide average residential rate in April was 37.5 cents a kilowatt hour, up 14.1 percent from the same month a year earlier, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Nationally, the average residential rate was 12 cents a kilowatt hour in April, up 1.7 percent from a year earlier.

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