Thursday, December 8, 2022
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Bateman: We Can Cut Consumers' Electric Bills
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 7960 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

From www.Bateman2012.com  

Have you looked at your electric bill lately? It just keeps going up and up. And, now, HELCO has just asked government to allow them another rate increase even though the company is making record profits. What’s up with that!

Hawaii suffers form the highest energy rates in the country - $.46/KWh on Hawaii Island compared to the average energy price in the US of $11.4/KWh. This is due to the high cost of oil which has increased from $26 per barrel 20-years ago to as high as $120 per barrel today. If this were not enough, recent legislation introduced by my opponent increased the tax per barrel of oil--sending our costs even higher.

Hawaii imports about $5 Billion dollars in fuels per year, 40% of which goes to generate electricity. At the very least the electricity portion of these costs should be converted to renewable energy sources such as solar, geothermal and wind—resources we have in abundance.

It is possible to reduce our high energy rates from $.46/KWh back down to $.20/KWh where they were 12-years ago. Current plans by HECO call for 70% renewable energy by 2030. I say 100% should be the goal and the sooner the better. Attaining this goal would put over $2 Billion dollars back into our local economy to increase our standard of living.

We as individuals can become energy providers with solar electric systems, eventually replacing HECO's oil based generation. Battery and fuel cell storage programs will store energy for night-time use. We can do this if only we have the will and commitment of elected officials to make it happen. I will work tirelessly for this goal.

Click here to read my full position paper on Energy.

Absentee and Walk-In voting is about to begin. Please help me to reach out to your friends and neighbors by supporting me with a gift of $25 or more to win this election.

I look forward to hearing from you with any questions you may have.

Mahalo Nui Loa,

Dave Bateman

Candidate for HD5

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Back da Blue Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT