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Big Island Electric Bills Lowest in Six Years

November 16, 2015, 4:19 PM HST
* Updated November 16, 4:21 PM
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Big Island energy users may notice a drop in their electric bills this month, as Hawaiian Electric Light reports the lowest monthly bills in more than six years.

The company says the lowered bills are, in part, the result of continued drops in fuel prices.

“Lower oil prices are helping our customers right now, but we know our state needs to stay committed to long term solutions, which mean developing a diverse portfolio of low-cost renewable energy resources. It’s critical that we keep working toward our state’s goal of 100 percent renewable portfolio standard,” said Darren Pai, Hawaiian Electric spokesperson.

On the Big Island, the last time the typical bill was lower than the current rate was in July 2009. Based on a 500 kwh/month figure, the typical resident’s bill is currently about $163.20, compared to $158.30 in July 2009.

Bills are also reportedly lower in other areas across the state, including Maui.

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According to Hawaiian Electric, 22 percent of electricity needs of its customers are met using renewable resources.

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