Introduction

The State of Hawaii Public Utilities Commission was established in 1913. The Commission’s primary duty is to protect the public interest by overseeing and regulating public utilities to ensure that they provide reliable service at just and reasonable rates.

As of fiscal year 2016, the Commission regulates 1,705 entities, which includes all chartered, franchised, certificated, and registered public utility companies that provide electricity, gas, telecommunications, private water and sewage, and motor and water carrier transportation services in the State.  It also oversees the administration of a One Call Center that provides advance warning to excavators of the location of subsurface installations in the area of an excavation in order to protect those installations from damage; and the Public Benefits Fee surcharge which is used to fund and support energy efficiency programs and services implemented by an independent third party administrator on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii.

Entities Regulated by the PUC

Energy Telecom
Electricity Gas
Hawaiian Electric Company Maui Electric Company Hawaii Electric
Light Company
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative Hawaii Gas Hawaiian Telcom 187 Wireless and
Wireline Companies
Transportation Water/ Waste-water
Water Carriers Motor Carriers
Young Brothers Hone Heke 943 Passenger Services 526 Property Carriers 39 Private Water and Sewer
Companies