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Posted by Clint Elliott on July 29, 2003, 5:41 pm

I live in Alberta, Canada.  ATCO, our electric company says they are only
charging us roughly 6 cents per KWH.  However, our bills also have delivery
charges and administrative fees, etc.  When I did some calculating I figured
out I am really paying just over 17 cents per KWH.  Is this a lot in your
(readers of this message) opinion?  What are you paying for grid power?
Solar power supplimenting grid power is starting to look attractive.



Posted by JNJ on July 29, 2003, 6:32 pm



Here in the US I'm paying roughly 8 cents per kWh of electricity and $.5
per CCF of gas.  That's about 11 cents and $.08 Canadian.  I *THINK* our
rates here are less than some other areas of the US however.


Posted by Andy.3rd on July 29, 2003, 7:01 pm
We have a flat $ 5.24 "Customer Charge", then .06178/kWh for the first 2000 kWh
and then .06817/kWh for anything over 2000.

I just did the math and since I only used 310 kWk last month it cost me .0776
per kWh.

Posted by daestrom on July 29, 2003, 9:04 pm

My NG prices are based on therms, and if I take the total gas charges
divided by total therms, I was running about $.90/therm for the winter.
Prices did shoot up this spring to $.52/therm in June (NY).

But my total electric charges divided by total kWh has been running about
$.135/kWh for quite a while.  This includes supply, delivery and several
tariffs and taxes.

But this method of calculating includes the fixed billing costs, and the
more expensive first kWh (although I hear some folks pay a higher rate for
the last kWh used instead of the first).  When I'm trying to figure savings
of a conservation measure, I like to use the marginal rate (how much would
one more kWh cost).  Kind of like income taxes, I may pay only 18% of my
income to taxes, but the marginal tax rate is 27% (oops, I think it just
changed, so maybe not).

After all, reducing your usage to 7/8ths of what it was may not reduce your
bill by 7/8ths ;-)


Posted by Steve Spence on July 30, 2003, 1:07 am
 my grid power in NJ was effectively .15 / kWh for nuclear/natural gas. Now
in Upstate NY it's .05 / kWh for hydroelectric. solar/wind is not cost
effective for me now, although in certain areas near here, grid power is not

Steve Spence



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