3. Expenditures on imported fuels have increased dramatically in recent years.

Total Expenditures on Imported Fuels
Hawaii State, Millions of Dollars (1990 - 2012)

Hawaii's energy costs are among the highest in the nation.

The energy expenditures by Hawaii's households, businesses and government is high and increasing.

Expenditures on imported fuels are an economic drain, increasing costs to Hawaii households and businesses and exporting dollars from Hawaii's economy. Hawaii's expenditures on imported fuels have increased markedly in the last decade, primarily due to increases in the price of oil. Even at the much lower oil prices in prior decades, Hawaii's energy costs were among the highest in the nation.