Feeling the impact: Gas prices climbing, electric bills could increase by up to 20%

  • Gas was $5.09 a gallon Tuesday evening at the Shell station at the intersection of Lindsey Road and Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

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

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.