Hawaii imposes wholesale gasoline price cap

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has set a cap on wholesale gasoline prices, effective Sept. 1. It’s the first time a state has established a gasoline price cap.The PUC plans to adjust the cap weekly. Different islands will have different price caps. The cap was authorized by a state law intended to force Hawaii’s two refiners, Chevron Corp. and Tesoro Corp., to set their wholesale prices closer to mainland prices.Chevron has a 54,000 b/cd refinery, and Tesoro has a 93,700 b/cd refinery. Both are in Kapolei.Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, who opposes the move, has the authority to suspend the cap. She said she would suspend the price cap if either or both of the state’s ...

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