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Higher wind power costs raise Maui consumers' electric bills

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HONOLULU (AP) - An electric company representative says Maui consumers' bills have gone up due to the higher costs for wind power.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports many Maui consumers saw their bill increase by about $7.03 from March to April. Hawaiian Electric Co. spokeswoman Shannon Tangonan said Wednesday that the company's switch from dependency on utility-owned fossil fuel plants to drawing power from wind facilities caused the rate to go up.

Maui Electric Company paid about 13 cents a kilowatt-hour for its oil-powered plants in April. The average price for wind energy on Maui is about 19 cents a kilowatt-hour.

Oahu consumers say they also saw a slight raise in their electric bills.

Tangonan says the Oahu increases are due to higher fuel prices.

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