Maui Electric Co. is no friend to local residents

Folks, I don’t know about you but I’ve about had it with the charges Maui Electric Co. rips us off with.

I went and invested thousands in a photovoltaic system on my home and was excited when I got my first bill, which was $12. But two years later it’s about a hundred dollars with all these dumb charges which I don’t even use.

For the folks thinking about getting a system, Maui Electric has the gall to charge a fee somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000 just to see if you can put your house on line with a system.

Heck, one year MECO even tried to put a moratorium on the systems while it enacted a study to see if its system would handle them.

Maui Electric is not your friend. In fact, it is the enemy, with its sole responsibility to its shareholders and not you, leaving the local people with ever-increasing rates even though we try to conserve.

MECO then says we need windmills to wean us off of dependency of foreign oil, only to increase rates the next month when they go on line.

So, my advice to the council is: If you’re going to grant permits to these companies to put alternative energy systems up, the local people have to see some sort of reduction in energy bills. Period.

Steve Kear