HELCO proposes rate increase

HELCO crews work to restore power in Puna.

Big Island residents could see their electricity bill go up.

Hawaii Electric Light says it proposed the first increase of base rates in nearly six years. If it’s approved by the Public Utilities Commission a typical residential bill would increase by $9.31 a month, to just over $171.

The company says its operating costs have gone up due to system upgrades and a multi-million-dollar effort to clear albizia trees.

The increase would not take effect until next summer at the earliest, and that’s if the PUC approves it.


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