Electricity in Hawaii

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Coverage & Statistics in Hawaii

  • Population
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    1,455,271
  • Total Production
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    9,188,095 MWh / 6.31 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    8,991,492 MWh / 6.18 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    1,755,080 MWh / 1.21 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    6,446,332,568 kg / 4,429.64 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    7,433,485 MWh / 5.11 MWh per capita
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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$0.400/kWh$0.283/kWh$204.57/mo.$126.18/mo.
52nd34.84¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Hawaii
52nd$184.98Average residential monthly electricity bill for Hawaii Residents

Energy Profile of Hawaii

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 34.84 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the national average rate of 13.99 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 21.80% increase in electricity generation using renewable fuels rather than fossil fuels such as natural gas. The state released 6,446,332,568.25 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use, causing them to be the 43rd highest polluting state in the nation based on total CO2 emissions. The state generates over 9,200,000 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 13.87%.

Residential Electricity Providers in Hawaii

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Hawaiian ElectricBUNDLED35.57177.242,476,827881,045,2194,497,044
Kauai Island Utility CooperativeBUNDLED36.83194.73189,34769,738,247225,916

Power Plants in Hawaii

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Honolulu County Residual Fuel Oil 2,116,3791,692,769,301.7799.84Yes
Kalaeloa Cogen PlantHarbert Power, LLC (49.00%)PSEG (51.00%)
Honolulu County Residual Fuel Oil 1,187,235714,006,849.46601.4
Honolulu County Coal 1,107,0521,232,233,489.441,113.08Yes9/2022
Pearl City CDP Residual Fuel Oil 891,617741,779,967.17831.95Yes
Maalaea CDP Distillate Fuel Oil 620,269432,223,409.98696.83Yes
H PowerCity and County of Honolulu (100.00%)
Honolulu County Non-biogenic Municipal Solid Waste 363,857645,159,679.031,773.11
Kalaoa CDP Distillate Fuel Oil 278,780211,244,340.76757.75
Hamakua Energy PlantHamakua Energy, LLC (100.00%)
Hawaii County Waste/other Oil 221,052117,593,511.74531.97Yes
Tesoro HawaiiPAR Petroleum (100.00%)
Honolulu County Waste/other Oil 154,152.0454,176,203.12351.45
Kauai County Other 146,477108,299,932739.36

Quick Facts

During the course of the preceding year, the state of Hawaii has seen a -154,830,270.15 kilogram (2.30%) decrease in CO2 emissions due to electricity consumption.

During the course of the previous year, Hawaii has had a 7.28% increase in generation of electricity from solar power, up from 484,030 megawatt hours a year to 519,290.09 megawatt hours per year.

Hawaii ranks 12th in the US for solar electricity production per capita, averaging 0.36 megawatt hours produced per person per year.

Hawaii has a population of 1,455,271 residents.

Hawaii produces 1,084,555.09 megawatt hours from coal a year. That is 0.75 megawatt hours per person in the state and makes Hawaii the 37th highest ranked state for electricity production from coal per capita.

The 7,433,485.44 megawatt hours of electricity produced by non-renewable fuel types puts Hawaii at 44th worst in the US in non-renewable energy generation.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Hawaii County200,6291635.57$177.24/mo
Honolulu County1,016,50811635.57$177.24/mo
Kalawao County82135.57$177.24/mo
Kauai County73,2981636.83$194.73/mo
Maui County164,7541335.57$177.24/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Around 6,446,332,568.25 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 4,429.64 kilograms of emissions per person. Residual Fuel Oil is the primary fuel type in the state of Hawaii, with 48.97% of electricity production coming from the fuel source. Other fuel types used include Distillate Fuel Oil at 12.61% and Coal at 11.80%. Hawaii has 30 electricity plants, which is the 32nd highest number of power plants in a state and the 6th 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
48.97%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
Distillate Fuel Oil
Distillate Fuel Oil
12.61%
COAL
Coal
Coal
11.80%
WIND
Wind
7.34%
SOLAR
Solar
5.65%
OTHER
Other
Other
13.62%

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 Energy in Hawaii

What is the average electric bill in Hawaii?

The average electricity bill in the state of Hawaii in 2022 is $185 while the nationwide average is $124.

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 (48.97%), Distillate Fuel Oil (12.61%) and solar (11.80%).

How much does electricity cost in Hawaii?

The average electric rate in Hawaii is 34.84 cents per kilowatt hour, so anything below this amount is better than most. The lowest priced provider is currently Hawaiian Electric, at 35.57 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 30 active electricity plants producing electricity for the state.

What electricity companies offer service in Hawaii?

State Customers RankProviderState Customers
1Hawaiian Electric470,027
2Kauai Island Utility Cooperative34,882

What is the cheapest electricity company in Hawaii?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Hawaiian Electric35.57470,027
2Kauai Island Utility Cooperative36.8334,882

Last Reviewed By: King Manalo
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-06-02