Average demand for electricity declined by 14 percent on Maui during the week of March 22, the biggest drop among three islands as electricity use fell during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hawaiian Electric said Thursday that it has seen a significant reduction in the use of electricity as tourism activities decline, businesses close and thousands of residents stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19.
For the week of March 22, Maui saw the largest decline in average system peak demand — the point of highest energy use — at 14 percent. On both Oahu and Hawaii island, the average was 7 percent less than in previous weeks.
Gov. David Ige issued a stay-at-home order on March 23 and soon after imposed a quarantine on visitors,