Electric bills may bring jolt: Big Islanders could see charge increase of 20%

  • Motorists queue to fuel up at the Costco gas station in Kailua-Kona. The price for a gallon of unleaded fuel was $4.89 Tuesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Motorists queue to fuel up at the Costco gas station in Kailua-Kona. The price for a gallon of unleaded fuel was $4.89 Tuesday.

In addition to increasing pain at the pump as gas prices rise, Big Islanders could see electric bills increase substantially in the coming months following an outright ban on the U.S. import of Russian oil, natural gas and coal amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.