HONOLULU (AP) - An electric company representative says Maui consumers' bills have gone up due to the higher costs for wind power.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports many Maui consumers saw their bill increase by about $7.03 from March to April. Hawaiian Electric Co. spokeswoman Shannon Tangonan said Wednesday that the company's switch from dependency on utility-owned fossil fuel plants to drawing power from wind facilities caused the rate to go up.
Maui Electric Company paid about 13 cents a kilowatt-hour for its oil-powered plants in April. The average price for wind energy on Maui is about 19 cents a kilowatt-hour.
Oahu consumers say they also saw a slight raise in their electric bills.
Tangonan says the Oahu increases are due to higher fuel prices.