Hawaii Senators: Do Something To Bring Down Electric Rates Or We Will

Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii's electric rates are so high some residents have been forced to burn candles at night and cook on kiawe, lawmakers say.

Now, they want Hawaii's electric company to do more to bring costs down and on Tuesday threatened utility executives that if they didn't act faster the Legislature would.

"I'm not convinced you folks are really committed," Sen. Malama Solomon, who chairs the Senate Water and Land Committee, told a roomful of energy executives, state officials and others at an informational hearing that included two committees. "We've been pushing you the whole time politically to make this happen. So my thoughts are we should maybe push you more."

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