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FUEL COST CALCULATOR (1)
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Fuel

Unit
Cost

Unit
BTU

Efficiency

Cost/MM BTU

Cost/Yr
(2)

Fuel
             
Electric

$0.11

3,400

95%

$34.06

$3,065

Electric
 

per kwh

per kwh

       
             
Corn

$230.00

16,000,000

80%

$17.97

$1,617

Corn
 

per ton

per ton

       
             
Heating Oil

$1.80

138,000

80%

$16.30

$1,467

Heating Oil
 

per gallon

per gallon

       
             
Propane

$1.10

91,000

80%

$15.11

$1,360

Propane
 

per gallon

per gallon

       
             
Biomass Pellets (3)

$185.00

16,400,000

75%

$15.04

$1,354

Biomass Pellets (3)
 

per ton

per ton

       
             
Wood Briquettes

$160.00

16,400,000

80%

$12.20

$1,098

Wood Briquettes
 

per ton

per ton

       
             
Natural Gas

$0.80

100,000

80%

$10.00

$900

Natural Gas
 

per therm

per therm

       
             
Coal

$170.00

25,000,000

75%

$9.07

$816

Coal
 

per ton

per ton

       
             
Ag Residue Pellets (4)

$100.00

16,000,000

75%

$8.33

$750

Ag Residue Pellets (4)
 

per ton

per ton

       
             
Cordwood

$130.00

22,000,000

75%

$7.88

$709

Cordwood
 

per cord

per cord

       
             
(1) Concept and reference data from Pellet Fuels Institute and HearthNet. All prices (costs) are subject to change. Unit BTUs and efficiencies will vary with fuels and appliances. See backup data on following sheets. Prices are those currently quoted in Northampton, MA except for Ag Residue Pellets and Wood Briquettes, which are not available.(2) This column assumes annual home heating need of 90 MM BTU.(3) This group of pellets includes wood, cardboard and certain types of paper and ag-residues. This premium fuel categoy has under 2% ash.

(4) This category includes peanut hulls, sunflower hulls and oat hulls. Ash contents are greater than 3%.
 

 

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Written by Casey McConnell

April 6, 2008 at 1:45 am

Posted in Bioenergy

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