7% surge in Oahu electric bills projected next month
- Aug 7, 2022 5:25 pm GMT
Aug. 7—Cutting out coal from
The increase, which amounts to
Per kilowatt-hour, electricity from oil costs about
The AES plant at
The anticipated higher electricity cost for
Before oil prices rose to historic high levels,
"This is a critical turning point in the long-term transition of Hawaii's energy landscape, "
The extra cost will begin to accrue in September and appear on October bills. This month, the cost for 500 kilowatts of electricity is
"This is the worst time for bills to go up, but there's never a good time for climate change, " he said. "(Coal ) might be ostensibly cheap, but we pay for it dearly."
The utility is under pressure to meet a state goal for producing 100 % of power from renewable sources by 2045. As part of the transition planning,
Over time, renewable energy from the sun and other sources will reduce the amount of power produced from oil and should have a positive impact on customer bills.
The cost for electricity produced from the newest commercial solar farms ranges from
Seven solar farms in development on
The utility company, which does not earn income on oil it buys to produce electricity, also suggested that customers seek savings through conservation.
For instance, installing a solar water heater or heat pump water heater could cut a household bill by up to 40 %, with the cost of such water heaters offset by rebates from
Other opportunities suggested by the utility company to cut power bills include refraining from air-conditioning use or setting the A /C temperature at 78 degrees, using smart plugs that curtail power from feeding electronics that aren't in use, and rooftop solar.
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