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Oahu sees electricity rates drop for September

HONOLULU (AP) - Residential electricity rates for Oahu have fallen to their lowest level in three months, unlike the rates for the other islands.

Hawaiian Electric Co. says a decline in fuel costs is the reason rates for Oahu this month declined.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported yesterday that a typical Oahu household using 600 kilowatt-hours of electric per month is paying a little above $200 in September. That is about $7 lower than in August.

An HECO spokesman says a drop in the price of low-sulfur fuel oil, which makes up half of a customer's bill.

Oahu is the only island where that type of oil is burned for power generation.

Officials say rates were the highest on Kauai.

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