Sunday, March 7, 2010

Hawaii Residents Pay the Highest Price for Electricity in the Country

According to a March 4, 2010 survey by the U.S. Department of Energy, Hawaii residents pay the highest cost per kilowatt hour (cents/kWh) for electricity.

According to the survey:
  • Hawaii residents pay 26.23 cents/kWh.
  • The second highest energy cost is paid by Connecticut residents at 20.57 cents/kWh.
  • The average energy cost among all states and the District of Columbia is 11.33 cents/kWh.
  • Forty-one states and the District of Columbia pay under 15 cents/kWh.
  • Only Hawaii and Connecticut pay over 20 cents/kWh, with New York in third place at 16.99 cents/kWh.
Some interesting Hawaii Quick Facts (last updated, March 4, 2010) according to the U.S. Department of Energy:
  • Petroleum provides nearly nine-tenths of all the energy consumed in Hawaii.
  • The transportation sector leads energy demand in Hawaii, due in large part to heavy jet fuel use by military installations and commercial airlines.
  • Petroleum-fired power plants supply more than three-fourths of Hawaii’s electricity generation.
  • Due to the mild tropical climate, most households do not require energy for home heating.
  • A planned wave-to-energy project could supply up to 2.7 megawatts of electricity to Hawaii by the end of 2011.
The information in these reports will be updated later this month.

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