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Senator Lorraine R. Inouye

Lower fuel prices to bring down bills on 4 islands

Good news on electric rates: Lower fuel prices to bring down bills on 4 islands

On O‘ahu, bill impact of coal plant closure less than forecast

HONOLULU, Sept. 1, 2022 – Hawaiian Electric customers on Hawai‘i, Maui, Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i will see lower rates in September that reflect the first significant drop in oil prices since spring. O‘ahu customers will see a smaller rate increase than expected with the shutdown of the AES coal-fired power plant.

Hawaiian Electric is forecasting the following impacts to a typical residential bill for electricity used in September, which will be included in bills most customers receive in October:

  • O‘ahu: Up 4% or about $9. This is an improvement over the earlier forecast that projected bills would increase 7% or about $15 after the coal plant ends operations, which is scheduled for today. Commercial customers will see kilowatt-hour rates up about 2 cents, lower than the 3 cents forecast.
  • Hawai‘i Island: Down 6% or about $16
  • Maui: Down 5% or about $11
  • Moloka‘i: Down 14% or about $34
  • Lāna‘i: Down 9% or about $22

The rates for O‘ahu are the result of lower oil prices and the addition of the Clearway Mililani I 39-megawatt solar project to the grid. Its contracted price of 9 cents per kilowatt-hour is less than a third the cost of oil used for power generation.

Even with the lower rates, typical bills on all islands are still higher than in March before oil prices began to surge. Hawaiian Electric continue to offer options to help customers manage their energy bills. Go to hawaiianelectric.com/paymentarrangement to review payment plan options. For information on available financial assistance, go to hawaiianelectric.com/COVID19.

Reducing energy use is also a practical way to further reduce electric bills. Links to resources are available at hawaiianelectric.com. Hawaii Energy is an expert resource that offers rebates and practical energy conservation tips at hawaiienergy.com.

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Endorsements

Ami Lamson

Senator Lorraine Inouye has always supported our efforts to improve healthcare for East Hawai‘i as well as the state.  We should reelect Senator Inouye so she can continue the good work she has done for our community.

Charlene Iboshi

Lorraine is a proven leader, who cares about our community’s health, safety and well-being. Lorraine listens to our community to improve the economic, educational and social conditions for our island. She gets things done effectively and with integrity.

Aaron K. Pacheco, Sr.- Waiakea resident

Lorraine Inouye has been a name I could trust for as long as I can remember. I trust her with our future!

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