Hawaii Navy residents to get some relief from high electricity rates

(Via Ho’okele News)

The number of residents paying high bills under the Resident Energy Conservation Program has been reduced significantly in the past several months, as shown in this chart. And conservation has increased, cumulatively by 12.5 percent and last month by nearly 20 percent. Help is available for residents who want to learn how to reduce energy use in their homes. For more information, go to: http://go.usa.gov/KGMT

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Beginning next month, Navy Region Hawaii residents in privatized Navy housing will see some relief from previous electricity rate hikes as a result of decisions by the Department of Defense (DoD) to reduce the rate for the remainder of fiscal year 2014.

“We are grateful to Navy leadership for mitigating the impact of the electricity rate increase, allowing us to provide better care for our military families,” said Rear Adm. Rick Williams, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.

The lower rate of 41.8 cents per kilowatt hour instead of the current 58.7 cents per kilowatt hour on Oahu will take effect April 1 through the remainder of the fiscal year. The rate is not retroactive.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2014 (FY 15), the rate will be adjusted based on the latest information.

The adjusted rate represents a 56 percent increase in electricity rates for the remainder of FY14 compared with the higher initial increase of 123 percent. The increase itself was necessary to make up for shortfalls in revenue in previous years when Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii customers were billed less than what the Navy was paying for electricity.

Williams emphasized how important it is for service members and their families living in PPV housing to continue using utilities wisely and monitor energy consumption.

“We still need to continue conserving electricity and support renewable, sustainable sources of energy,” Williams added. “We have programs in place and services available to help everyone conserve. Thank you for all you do to support the Navy’s energy security goals.”

The Navy Housing Office and Forest City will continue to offer privatized housing residents assistance to evaluate their energy use and develop strategies to conserve.

To learn more about the Resident Energy Conservation Program and energy security, visit http://go.usa.gov/KGMT.

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