Electricity In Hawaii

  • Population1,415,872
  • Total Consumption8,909,953 MWh / 6.29 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption6,405,901,524 kg
  • Total Production9,181,682 MWh / 6.48 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 March.

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.345/kWh$0.283/kWh$195.94/mo.$126.18/mo.
52nd32.24¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Hawaii
52nd$173.42Average residential monthly electricity bill for Hawaii Residents

Energy Profile of Hawaii

Hawaii's Electricity Prices and Usage

The average residential electricity rate in Hawaii in 2022 is 32.24 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 136.79% more than the United States average price of 13.62 cents. This ranks Hawaii as the 52nd best priced state in the nation by average electricity rate. Even though there are over 0 electricity providers operating in the state, consumers often will only have one electricity provider option due to the regulated electricity market that exists. Hawaiian Electric is the largest supplier in the state based on megawatt hours sold. Solar power usage for electricity production in the state has increased by 11.61% during the course of the past 12 months. The state saw a rise of 17.55% in the production of electricity via wind energy and wind production now makes up 7.34% of the total generation in the state. The state is home to 1,415,872 residents, resulting in it being the 41st most populated state in the United States.

Residential Electricity Providers in Hawaii

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Hawaiian ElectricBUNDLED32.66165.452,512,466820,615,5364,502,878
Kauai Island Utility CooperativeBUNDLED35.66184.61184,93965,952,544223,258

Power Plants in Hawaii

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Honolulu County Residual Fuel Oil 2,128,3501,701,781,795.44799.58Yes
Kalaeloa Cogen PlantPSEG (51.00%)Harbert Power, LLC (49.00%)
Kapolei CDP Residual Fuel Oil 1,180,553710,073,440.96601.48
Kapolei CDP Coal 1,133,5361,263,615,253.471,114.76Yes9/2022
Pearl City CDP Residual Fuel Oil 889,671734,114,344.82825.15Yes
Maui County Distillate Fuel Oil 601,098420,638,162.27699.78Yes
H PowerCity and County of Honolulu (100.00%)
Kapolei CDP Non-biogenic Municipal Solid Waste 360,460636,018,878.61,764.46
Hawaii County Distillate Fuel Oil 305,979230,743,653.11754.12
Hamakua Energy PlantHamakua Energy, LLC (100.00%)
Honokaa CDP Waste/other Oil 218,952116,834,284.32533.61Yes
Hilo CDP Residual Fuel Oil 171,930172,081,613.131,000.88Yes
Tesoro HawaiiPAR Petroleum (100.00%)
Kapolei CDP Waste/other Oil 155,481.954,135,970.55348.18

Quick Facts

Hydroelectric power now accounts for 1.16% of the electricity generated in Hawaii after a 7.58% in electricity produced using hydroelectric power.

In Hawaii, 7,457,930.11 megawatt hours of electricity are produced from non-renewable fuels. Hawaii is 43rd worst in the nation for total electricity production from non-renewable fuels.

Hawaii generates 81.23% of their electricity from non-renewable fuel sources. This equates to 5.27 megawatt hours per citizen and places Hawaii as the 40th highest state for non-renewable generation per capita each year.

Hawaii produces about 0.79 megawatt hours of electricity with natural gas per citizen living in the state. This is the 35th highest average by a state in the country.

CO2 emissions from the use of electricity have declined by 3.67% in Hawaii in the most recent 12 months.

The state of Hawaii is the 46th highest producer of electricity in the country, producing 9,181,681.67 megawatt hours.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Hawaii County201,51311132.66$165.45/mo
Honolulu County974,56312832.66$165.45/mo
Kalawao County86132.66$165.45/mo
Kauai County72,29311435.66$184.61/mo
Maui County167,41711332.66$165.45/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 4,504,031.66 megawatt hours, or 49.05% of the total production in the state, from this fuel. When combined with Distillate Fuel Oil (12.49%) and Coal (12.11%), these three fuels make up 73.66% state's electricity production. Electricity use in the state results in 6,405,901,523.8 kilograms of CO2 emissions. This is the 42nd most of any state in the US. Averaging 4,524.35 kilograms of CO2 emissions per capita, the state ranks 29th worst for pollution per capita. Hawaii is home to 62 electricity generation plants, which is 41st most in the country and 18th most when counting plants per citizen.

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Hawaii Net Metering

There are 2 companies in Hawaii providing electricity. Of those 2, 100.00% 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 attractive.

Energy Loss

Hawaii electricity suppliers who report energy loss average roughly 4.54% of their energy lost per year. For comparison, the US average electricity loss is 2.76%. Hawaii has a rank of 10th best 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

What is the average electric bill in Hawaii?

The average electricity bill in the state of Hawaii in 2022 is $173 while the national average is $122.

Where does Hawaii get its electricity?

The primary fuel used for electricity production in Hawaii is Residual Fuel Oil, making up 49.05% of the fuel used in the state. Distillate Fuel Oil and Coal also account for 12.49% and 12.11% respectively.

Which electricity company is the largest provider in Hawaii?

The largest electricity company in Hawaii by total revenue is Hawaiian Electric.

How many electric companies offer service in Hawaii?

Hawaii is home to 2 electricity suppliers operating in the area.

Does Hawaii have a deregulated electricity market?

No, the state has a regulated market, where citizens’ electricity supplier options are often determined by their location or state legislation.

How much does electricity cost in Hawaii?

The average cost per kilowatt hour of electricity in Hawaii in 2022 is 32.24 cents.

What electricity companies offer service in Hawaii?

State Customers RankProviderState Customers
1Hawaiian Electric468,970
2Kauai Island Utility Cooperative34,785

What is the cheapest electricity company in Hawaii?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Hawaiian Electric32.66468,970
2Kauai Island Utility Cooperative35.6634,785

How many power plants are in Hawaii?

There are 62 electricity plants in Hawaii

Last Reviewed By: King Manalo
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-13