Are there any independent energy resources on the Hawaiian Islands? Actually, Hawaii imports electricity and gas to supply its residential, business & commercial areas, as well as military bases on the Oahu Island. National Grid Electric Company does not supply any electric and gas services to Hawaii due to its geographic location in the middle of Pacific Ocean.
The two major suppliers of electricity and gas in Hawaii are the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), and the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC). According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Electric Choice, a Texas-based energy consulting firm website states, “in Hawaii, over 82% of the electricity comes from petroleum-fired sources. We found that generally, Hawaii’s rates were more than double the national average, 27.8 cents per kilowatt-hour on average versus 11.5 cents per kilowatt-hour for the rest of the country in 2010.” In other words, in Hawaii, the rate of electricity per cent is 2.4 times higher than the national average.
Some people think they already pay a higher electrical bill in New York State compared to other states. In comparison to Hawaii, which has the highest electricity rates in the New Yorkers don’t have it so bad. “New York had the second highest average rate at 18.6 cents per kwh, followed by Alaska at 16.6 cents per kwh. Washington and North Dakota tied for the lowest rate at 8 cents per kwh.” Sophie Cocke, editor of civil-beat website states.
Power plants that generate electricity for Oahu Island
How does the Hawaiian Electricity Company generate power on the island of Oahu? Honolulu is located on the Island of Oahu, and is the capitol of Hawaii.. According burdell.org, “Oahu serviced by Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO). There are three petroleum-fired generating plants owned by HECO. There is another petroleum-fired generating plant owned by Kalaeola Partners”. In addition, HECO operates coal-fired generating plant in order to provide electricity for local residents.
There are some clean energy sources such as solar power, wind farms, and hydropower projects that have been developing to increase renewable energy usage for Oahu in recent years. On the other hand, other Hawaiian islands such as Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Hawaii (The Big Island), generated their own power individually. However, surprisingly, Oahu refines fuels from power plants, and sends them on barges to the neighboring islands. In other words, it is more expensive to live on islands other than Oahu because they must import their energy. The reason behind the inflated costs is due in part to transportation and delivery to supply these outlying islands. Local Hawaii residents look forward what strategies that Department of Energy are going to assist Hawaii State in order to lower their local electricity rate in nearly future.