Electric refunds are on

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Pay close attention to your next electric bill, a refund in the form of a credit should be showing up.

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has approved a refund plan related to Hawaiian Electric Company's 2005 rate case.

"We know are customers have been anticipating this refund," said Lynne Unemori, Hawaiian Electric Company vice president for coporate relations.

He added, "Now that the plan has been approved we can start crediting the refunds to our customers."

The amount of each refund will vary by type of customer and actual electric usage. For example, an average residential household is expected to recieve a refund of about $19.

All together the total refund amounts to $16.8 million, which includes interest gained from September 2005 when the higher rates went into effect.

For those who are no longer customers of Hawaiian Electric yet had accounts in September 2005 or later, they can apply for a potential refund.

Former HECO customers must contact the customer service center at 548-7311 and apply by July 19 in order to be eligible.