Electricity Rates in Hawaii

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Companies & Statistics in Hawaii

  • Population
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    1,455,271
  • Total Production
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    9,251,093 MWh / 6.36 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    8,982,366 MWh / 6.17 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    1,806,109 MWh / 1.24 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    6,409,036,656 kg / 4,404.02 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    7,446,232 MWh / 5.12 MWh per capita
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Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Hawaii

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.448/kWh$0.283/kWh$240.57/mo.$126.18/mo.
52nd38.26¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Hawaii
52nd$200.35Average residential monthly electricity bill for Hawaii Residents

Hawaii Electricity Fuel Mix

Hawaii's Electricity Prices and Usage

Consumers in Hawaii are faced with a higher residential electricity rate than most people around the US, with an average state electricity rate of 38.26 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the national average rate of 14.46 cents. The state has a regulated electricity market, meaning customers may have only a couple electricity supplier choices to choose from when purchasing electricity. Within the past year, Hawaii has accomplished a 10.98% increase in electricity generation using renewable fuels rather than fossil fuels such as natural gas. The state released 6,409,036,656.12 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use, causing them to be the 44th highest polluting state in the nation based on total CO2 emissions. The state generates over 9,300,000 megawatt hours from its electrical power plants, which is the 47th highest total generation for any state in the US. Electricity providers operating in the state increased their production of megawatt hours from wind turbines by 9.53%.

Residential Electricity Providers in Hawaii

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Hawaiian ElectricBUNDLED39.26193.132,448,022961,088,9424,574,198
Kauai Island Utility CooperativeBUNDLED38.49204.38190,44673,297,858242,803

Commercial Electricity Providers in Hawaii

ProviderService TypeCommercial Rate (¢)Commercial Average Bill ($)Commercial Sales (MWh)Commercial Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Hawaiian ElectricBUNDLED36.321,435.572,616,026950,186,7434,574,198
Kauai Island Utility CooperativeBUNDLED38.76746.93114,17244,247,940242,803

Power Plants in Hawaii

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Honolulu County Residual Fuel Oil 2,236,1551,782,817,934.79797.27
Kalaeloa Cogen PlantHarbert Power, LLC (49.00%)PSEG (51.00%)
Honolulu County Residual Fuel Oil 1,180,204709,875,749.87601.49
Honolulu County Coal 1,017,6891,137,553,699.151,117.789/2022
Pearl City CDP Residual Fuel Oil 832,485710,124,787.5853.02
Maalaea CDP Distillate Fuel Oil 646,791447,301,448.89691.57
H PowerCity and County of Honolulu (100.00%)
Honolulu County Non-biogenic Municipal Solid Waste 393,898676,440,241.321,717.3
Kalaoa CDP Distillate Fuel Oil 274,074203,169,516.01741.29
Hamakua Energy PlantHamakua Energy, LLC (100.00%)
Hawaii County Waste/other Oil 198,419107,143,978.4539.99
Kauai County Other 154,522112,998,500.46731.28
Tesoro HawaiiPAR Petroleum (100.00%)
Honolulu County Waste/other Oil 150,712.2453,301,936.01353.67

Quick Facts

Electricity consumption per capita in Hawaii amounts to 6.17 megawatt hours per year.

Hawaii ranks 38th in the United States in megawatt hours generated from coal usage.

Hawaii has seen a decrease of 12.96% in coal consumption for the production of electricity in the past 12 months.

Hawaii ranks 44th in hydroelectric power generation, producing 123,211.67 megawatt hours each year from hydroelectric plants.

Solar power production in Hawaii has grown from 518,068.41 megawatt hours to 536,028.74 megawatt hours per year during the last 12 months.

The 7,446,232.31 megawatt hours of electricity produced by non-renewable fuel types puts Hawaii at 45th worst in the US in non-renewable energy generation.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Hawaii County200,62911039.26$193.13/mo
Honolulu County1,016,50812639.26$193.13/mo
Kalawao County82139.26$193.13/mo
Kauai County73,29811138.49$204.38/mo
Maui County164,75411139.26$193.13/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Around 6,409,036,656.12 kilograms of CO2 emissions are released in Hawaii from electricity consumption each year. This total also can be equated to a ranking of 29th worst in the country for pollution per citizen from electricity consumption, with an average of 4,404.02 kilograms of emissions per person. Residual Fuel Oil is the primary fuel type in the state of Hawaii, with 49.37% of electricity production coming from the fuel source. Other fuel types used include Distillate Fuel Oil at 12.89% and Coal at 10.83%. Hawaii has 55 electricity plants, which is the 43rd highest number of power plants in a state and the 19th highest amount of plants per person in a state.

RESIDUAL FUEL OIL
Residual Fuel Oil
Residual Fuel Oil
Residual Fuel Oil
Residual Fuel Oil
Residual Fuel Oil
49.37%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
Distillate Fuel Oil
Distillate Fuel Oil
12.89%
COAL
Coal
Coal
10.83%
WIND
Wind
7.35%
SOLAR
Solar
5.79%
OTHER
Other
Other
13.78%

Hawaii Net Metering

Of the 2 electricity suppliers in Hawaii, 100.00% of them report that they offer net metering. Hawaii has restricted regulations in place for consumers who are interested in taking advantage of net metering with solar installations.

Energy Loss

Hawaii electricity companies who report energy loss average roughly 4.54% of their energy lost per year. For comparison, the United States average energy loss is 2.76%. Hawaii ranks 42nd best in the nation for grid efficiency based on energy loss.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

State governments can encourage private residents to consider installing home solar panels by issuing tax breaks and rebates. Hawaii offers up to ,an astounding, $5000 state tax credit for solar panel installation for private residences. There are currently no statewide rebates available to residents who are purchasing solar panels. Hawaii offers citizens a 100% tax exemption that lasts less than 10 years. There is currently no sales tax exemption for homeowners who install private solar panels.

State Level Initiatives

Policies enforced at the state level determine whether customers in a state can afford to install personal solar systems or shop for electric plans that are based on renewable fuels. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) encourage or require electricity companies to produce a certain amount of their electricity using green energy. The state of Hawaii has made strong efforts to create an RPS program that requires at least 25% of electricity production to come from renewable energy sources. In addition, the state has a low income solar program in place to assist low income households installing solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Electricity in Hawaii

What is the average electric bill in Hawaii?

The average electricity bill in the state of Hawaii in 2022 is $200 while the nationwide average is $130.

How many electric companies offer service in Hawaii?

There are 2 electricity suppliers operating in Hawaii.

What electricity company is the largest provider in Hawaii?

The largest electricity supplier in Hawaii by megawatt hours sold is Hawaiian Electric.

Where does Hawaii get its electricity?

Fuel types used for electricity production in Hawaii include Residual Fuel Oil (49.37%), Distillate Fuel Oil (12.89%) and solar (10.83%).

How much does electricity cost in Hawaii?

The average electric rate in Hawaii is 38.26 cents per kilowatt hour, so anything below this amount is better than most. The lowest priced provider is currently Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, at 38.49 cents per kilowatt hour.

Does Hawaii have a deregulated electricity market?

No, the state has a regulated market, where residents' electricity supplier choices are usually determined by their location or state legislation.

How many power plants are located within Hawaii?

Hawaii has 55 active electricity plants producing electricity for the state.

What electricity companies offer service in Hawaii?

State Customers RankProviderState Customers
1Hawaiian Electric470,551
2Kauai Island Utility Cooperative34,944

What is the cheapest electricity company in Hawaii?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Kauai Island Utility Cooperative38.4934,944
2Hawaiian Electric39.26470,551

Last Reviewed By: King Manalo
Published: 2022-08-01