Local Connection: Electric Rates

Local Connection: Electric Rates

By: Rick Blangiardi

Well, Hawaiian Electric Company has filed its new energy plan, nearly 3,000 pages of documentation, and the consensus seems to be that while the average cost of electricity may be coming down, those who rely on solar will be paying more.

Specifically, solar customers will have a $55 monthly charge added to their bills starting in 2017.

By 2017, however, the average kilowatt-hour charge would decrease from 34 cents to 26 cents.

Even at 26 cents, we pay more than a dime per kilowatt hour to the next most expensive state, Alaska. By the way, the average for the us in 2013 was about 11 cents.

More troubling is the overreliance on liquefied natural gas, or lng, which does not contribute to our goal of getting to 65 percent of renewable energy by 2030.

It just doesn't get us off our reliance on fossil fuels.

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