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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, March 13, 2010

Oahu electric bills go up about $8.34

Advertiser Staff

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A typical 600-kilowatt HECO customer will pay $156.57 this month.

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There will be an $8.34 jump in typical monthly residential electricity bills this month on O'ahu because of an increase in fuel costs.

Hawaiian Electric Co. said the typical 600-kilowatt-hour bill for O'ahu residential customers will rise to $156.57 from $148.23 in February.

The effective rate for electricity in Honolulu is 24.57 cents per kilowatt hour, up from 23.60 cents last month.

Elsewhere in the state:

• Maui customers will see rates go up to 28.75 cents in March, from 28.39 cents in February. The typical Maui bill will be $180.57.

• Big Island residential rates will rise to 34.26 cents from last month's 34 cents per kilowatt hour. The typical bill will be $216.66.

• On Kaua'i, the rate will decline to 33.33 cents per kilowatt hour. In February, the Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative charged residential customers 34.41 cents.

Hawaiian Electric noted that the rate for O'ahu is still below the 32.5 cents per kilowatt hour paid in September 2008, when record-high oil prices resulted in a rise in the cost of fuel used in most of its generators.