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Oahu military families get electricity rate relief

HONOLULU (AP) - The Navy is reducing electricity rate increases for military families in privatized housing on Oahu after complaints.

Navy Region Hawaii spokesman Bill Doughty says sailors, Navy leaders and lawmakers helped bring relief from a 123 percent increase in electric bills.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that about 1,300 Navy and Marine Corps families who saw the hefty hike starting in October will get their rates dialed back to a 56 percent increase beginning Tuesday.

According to Forest City Military Communities, the rate for military residents changed from 26.3 cents per kilowatt-hour in the 2013 fiscal year to 58.7 cents at the start of the 2014 fiscal year.

The new rate will be 41.8 cents for military residents who get their electricity through Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii.

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