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Electricity In Hawaii

  • Population1,415,872
  • Total Consumption8,759,887 MWh / 6.19 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions6,417,673,268 kg
  • Total Production9,235,463 MWh / 6.52 MWh per capita

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Hawaii

Hawaii residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in September.

Historical Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.345/kWh$0.283/kWh$189.78/mo.$126.18/mo.
52nd30.33¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Hawaii
52nd$164.49Average residential monthly electricity bill for Hawaii Residents

Energy Profile of Hawaii

Hawaii's Electricity Prices and Usage

The average electricity rate in Hawaii in 2021 is 30.33 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 127.52% more than the United States average price of 13.33 cents. This ranks Hawaii as the 52nd best priced state in the nation by average electricity rate Even though there are over 10 electricity providers operating in the state, consumers often will only have one electricity provider option due to the regulated electricity market that exists. The largest supplier in the state based on megawatt hours sold is Hawaiian Electric. The state had a rise of 12.61% in the production of electricity via wind power and wind production now makes up 6.59% of the total production in the state. Consumers in the state have an average monthly power bill of $164.49 per month. The US average monthly bill is $120.11. The state is the 43rd highest polluting state in the United State based on total CO2 equivalent output, with over 6,417,673,267.82 kilograms of CO2 equivalent gases emitted from electricity consumption.

Electricity Providers in Hawaii

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Hawaiian Electric30.50157.552,555,153779,266,2294,610,50212,274,812,876.59
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative34.40171.63177,63661,107,261208,882572,912,437.21
Sunrun Solar24.87171.8476,97219,145,182No DataIcon representing missing value.56,391,269.29
Vivint Solar23.83170.8333,7858,052,476No DataIcon representing missing value.24,751,585.42
Tesla Energy16.03136.3324,2183,882,100No DataIcon representing missing value.60,370,131.52
SunPower21.44169.9412,5532,691,404No DataIcon representing missing value.9,196,585.82
Sunnova23.94205.028,4432,020,861No DataIcon representing missing value.6,185,515.34
Spruce Finance19.70181.562,245442,279No DataIcon representing missing value.1,644,733.14
Gay & Robinson Inc7.0064.811007,00033,313212.41

Power Plants in Hawaii

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KaheHawaiian Electric (100.00%)
Residual Fuel Oil 2,331,9601,845,653,756.97791.46YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
AES HawaiiAES Corporation (100.00%)
Coal 1,146,057.991,269,282,802.051,107.52YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Kalaeloa Cogen Plant
Residual Fuel Oil 1,129,376679,839,816.32601.96No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
WaiauHawaiian Electric (100.00%)
Residual Fuel Oil 772,168646,798,906.75837.64YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
MaalaeaHawaiian Electric (100.00%)
Distillate Fuel Oil 564,991395,817,616.2700.57YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
KeaholeHawaiian Electric (100.00%)
Distillate Fuel Oil 373,359272,555,579.73730.01No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
H Power
Non-biogenic Municipal Solid Waste 355,682631,962,377.411,776.76YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Hamakua Energy PlantHamakua Energy, LLC (100.00%)
Waste/other Oil 206,739144,175,085.2697.38YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
W H HillHawaiian Electric (100.00%)
Residual Fuel Oil 171,930172,081,613.131,000.88YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Tesoro HawaiiPAR Petroleum (100.00%)
Jet Fuel 152,633.0452,217,793342.11No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Solar power production in Hawaii has grown from 372,385.38 megawatt hours to 533,355.97 megawatt hours per year over the course of the previous 12 months.

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In Hawaii, 7,511,498.14 megawatt hours of electricity are produced from non-renewable fuels. Hawaii is 45th worst in the nation for total electricity production from non-renewable fuels.

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As the 40th highest state for non-renewable generation per capita, Hawaii produces 5.31 megawatt hours per person a year.

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Hawaii generates 533,355.97 megawatt hours from solar energy, ranking it 20th in the United States for total megawatt hours produced using solar power.

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Hawaii is the 45th largest generator of megawatt hours per capita, with a population of 1,415,872 and recent annual megawatt hour production of 9,235,463.1.

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Hawaii is the 49th highest consumer of electricity with consumption totaling over 8,700,000 megawatt hours.

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Hawaii County201,5132 providers1235.18$162.77/mo
Honolulu County974,5631 provider2530.50$157.55/mo
Kalawao County862 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.33.11$168.93/mo
Kauai County72,2931 provider1334.40$171.63/mo
Maui County167,4172 providers1233.11$168.93/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

The state of Hawaii’s primary fuel source consumed for electricity production is Residual Fuel Oil. They produce 4,547,936.83 megawatt hours, or 49.24% of the total production in the state, from this fuel. When combined with Distillate Fuel Oil (12.83%) and Coal (12.19%), these three fuel types make up 6,858,930.41 megawatt hours (or 74.27%) state's electricity production. The state has the 43rd highest amount of total CO2 pollution from electricity production of all of the states in the US, emitting 6,417,673,267.82 kilograms per year. Additionally, the state ranks 30th highest in the country for emissions per resident, which could be argued to be the more important statistic. They average 4,532.66 kilograms of emissions per citizen. Hawaii has 62 power generation plants, which is the 40th highest number of power plants in a state and the 18th highest number of plants per citizen in a state.

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Distillate Fuel Oil
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SOLAR Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.

Net Metering

There are 9 companies in Hawaii providing electricity. Of those 9,88.89% of them offer some type of net metering option for their customers, making solar panels and alternative electric sources more economically viable. The state has highly restricted net metering and feed in tariffs that make solar and other types of electricity generation more attracitve.

Energy Loss

Hawaii has an average of 3.96% of the electricity that is transmitted in the state dissipated as heat. For comparison, the US average electricity loss is 2.72%. Hawaii has a rank of 18th worst in the United States for energy loss.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

When it comes to stimulating personal solar, tax and rebate incentives from the government are some of the easiest methods. Hawaii offers up to ,an impressive, $5000 state tax credit for solar panel purchase for private residences. The state offers no rebates to consumers who are installing private solar. Consumers in Hawaii have access to a 100% property tax exemption from the state that lasts less than 10 years. The state currently does not offer a sales tax exemption for the install of private solar, leaving homeowners on their own for this category.

State Level Initiatives

Policies enacted at the state level affect whether customers in a state can afford to purchase personal solar systems or find electric plans that are based on renewable fuel sources. States that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have requirements in place for all electricity providers who do business in the state. These standards require that a certain amount of electricity must be produced from renewable energy. The state of Hawaii makes it necessary for electric suppliers to produce at least 25% of their electricity from renewable fuel types. In addition, low income solar programs are another way states encourage renewable fuel sources and Hawaii is home to a program that does exactly that.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Hawaii

Where does Hawaii get its electricity?

The main fuel sources used for electricity production in Hawaii are Residual Fuel Oil, Distillate Fuel Oil and Coal, making up 49.24%, 12.83% and 12.19% respectively.

What is the average electric bill in Hawaii?

In 2021, Hawaii has an average electric bill of $164, while the nationwide average is $120.

How much does electricity cost in Hawaii?

The average electricity cost paid by customers in Hawaii in 2021 is 30.33 cents per kilowatt hour.