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Old 08-03-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I am thinking of having a cummins onan generator installed.
When I looked at the spec sheet, it said that the generator uses 90 cubic feet of natural gas an hour at 1/4 load and 135 at half and up to 240 at full.
The gas company told me the cost of a cubic foot of gas is .10 cents.

So if I just take the lowest usage of gas at 90 cubic feet , does this mean that the generator will cost $9.00 an hour to run. .10 x 90=9.00. Or am I wrong at this figure. I read where running a standby generator cost about $40.00 a day to run on ng gas.

Does anybody have a cost on the usage of thier generator.
Thanks, Jim

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I would say your gas per cubic foot cost is off by a factor of 10 I looked up some average costs for NG and its more like .01-.02 per cubic ft.

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Did you mean 10 cents per cubic foot, or 0.1 cents per cubic foot (that is what you wrote)? Wholesale price of gas is now about $2 per thousand cubic feet, which is 0.2 cents per cubic foot, so I find it hard to see why you would have to pay 50 times that much per cubic foot for gas. About 1 cent per cubic foot might be possible, which is 5 times wholesale price.
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I think PGW is about .018 cents per CF.
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You guys are most likely right. I have PECO in Pa and the first time I called the woman told me 49 cents a cubic foot. Somebody said that must have been for 100 cubic foot. I called back the next day and talked to a man who said 10 cents per cubic foot. Both those numbers don't seem right because it would not make sence for a generator to cost that much to run.Nobody would be buying them.

I am going to call PECO again and see if I can get a exact answer from someone.

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Heres a link http://www.eia.gov/dnav/ng/hist/n3010us3m.htm for NG pricing in the US
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My net price for natural gas is just about 1 cent per cubic foot. The price for the gas itself is even less than that, but then they add transportation charges, delivery charges, storage charges, price adjustment, and a $20 monthly charge even if I don't use any gas.
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They get us one way or another.
I called PECO today and another woman told me .58 cents a cubic foot
I guess the people answering the phones don't really know the right price.
I think I am going to have it installed.
I think you guys have to be right. Thanks,JIM

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