HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Electricity bills across Hawaii will soon be on the rise, as the Hawaiian Electric Company and its subsidiaries receive approval for another decoupling fee.
Oahu residents are expected to see a monthly increase of about $4.89, with HELCO customers on the Big Island paying $3.92 and MECO charging Maui residents a $4.90 hike.
Molokai and Lanai residents will receive a $3.27 bump increase.
Decoupling is a controversial billing strategy used in more than half the country which gives HECO a predictable revenue stream even when energy use is down.
The move is seen by some as a way to discourage the company from trying to force customers to use more kilowatts at home.