Question: Are the electrical bill payment plans only for residential customers?
Q: How much longer will Hawaiian Electric hold off cutting the electricity for nonpayment?
Answer: No, Hawaiian Electric’s payment plans are not limited to residential customers. Commercial customers facing financial hardship also may request extended payment plans on all islands the company serves. As to the second question, Hawaiian Electric’s moratorium on disconnections for nonpayment lasts until Sept. 1, a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left Hawaii’s economy reeling.
Hawaiian Electric urges any customer who is past due — residential or commercial — to contact the company now to set up a payment plan. There is no financing fee, and late fees will be waived for customers who qualify. Otherwise, late fees are scheduled to resume after Sept. 15, it said. It spells out the various plans — four options for residential customers and two for commercial ones — on its website, at 808ne.ws/ payplan.
All the payment plans require the customer to pay the past-due amount in equal installments over a period of months and to keep current on new charges. The timeline ranges from four to 12 months for residential accounts and from four to six months for commercial accounts.
Eligibility and requirements vary according to a customer’s account status. For example, a commercial customer with an account balance of $5,000 or more and no more than one pre-COVID disconnection notice could pay the past-due amount in six monthly installments without fees or penalties, as long as future monthly bills are paid on time. A residential customer with an account balance of $600 or more and no more than one pre-COVID disconnection notice could do the same.
To be clear, the pre-COVID credit history covers the period from March 2019 to February 2020, before the pandemic disrupted Hawaii’s economy. Hawaiian Electric suspended disconnections and collection activities in March, when many people lost their jobs and businesses shuttered.
Be sure to read about the available payment plans first, at the website mentioned earlier in this column. The website also has links to the request form in Japanese, Chinese, Marshallese and Chuukese. On the website, see the purple box in the left column for those links.
Q: I want to do a vehicle transfer by mail, but I don’t know how to calculate the fee.
A: If the registration expires within 45 days of the transfer, you’ll have to pay the new registration fee plus the applicable transfer fee. Honolulu County provides step-by-step instructions on how to the calculate the fees at 808ne.ws/trans.
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