Power rates increase in Hawaii

Published: Oct. 18, 2013 at 1:57 PM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaiian Electric Co. says residential electricity rates on Oahu increased in October.

The utility tells the Honolulu Star Advertiser that the increase is due to higher fuel costs and power purchased from independent producers.

Low-sulfur fuel oil accounts for more than 50 percent of a customer's bill

Hawaiian Electric says an Oahu home using 600 kilowatt hours of electricity would pay $208.32 in October, up $5.26 from September.

Rates also increased on other islands

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says Hawaii residents paid an average of 36.6 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity in July. The national average is 12.6 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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