Kauai electric utility wins approval for rate hike

HONOLULU (AP) - Regulators have given Kauai's electric utility permission to raise rates by 1.98 percent.

The Public Utilities Commission gave final approval for the rate hike to Kauai Island Utility Cooperative last week.

The move will raise average household bills by about $8 per month.

The utility began collecting the higher amount in May after the PUC gave the utility interim approval to raise rates. The increase was the utility's first since 1996.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Public Utilities Commission rejected the utility's request to raise rates by a much higher 10.45 percent.

The utility says it disapproved of KIUC's plan to use part of the revenue generated from the increase to cover raises and bonuses for managers.

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