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Section 3.3

OTHER HEATING SOURCES
(Updated July 2006)
  

NATURAL GAS
Presently, several cities in the Meramec Region are served by natural gas. Their industrial charges follow and are per 100 cubic feet. Natural gas is also being considered in other cities within the region. A natural gas pipeline has been constructed along the I-44 corridor, which provides the option of natural gas to those cities along I-44.
AMEREN
Rates are as follows:
Residential:
Customer Charge - $10.20 Per Month
Energy Charge - 28.53¢ Per CCF

CCF = 100 Cubic Feet

Commercial:
Customer Charge – $24.00 Per Month
Energy Charge -
First 7000 CCF - 24.96¢ Per CCF
Over 7000 CCF - 16.32¢ Per CCF
Potosi
Monthly base charge of $19.00, which includes the first 500 cubic feet of natural gas used. Additional usage charges are based on the following sliding scale:
Next 19,500=$3.21 plus gate price per 1000
All usage over 20,000=$3.00 plus gate price per 1000
Hermann
Monthly base charge of $3.50 per month
plus $1.11 per CCF of natural gas used.

St. James
$5.00 min.
$1.30 Per CCF

Cuba
Varies from $1.17 to $1.21 per CCF
Please contact the city for complete details.

PROPANE GAS
Propane gas is readily available anywhere in the region. A current list of local distributors is available upon request from Meramec Regional Planning Commission. Prices around the region ranged from $1.08 to $1.18 per gallon depending on supplier and quantity purchased.
HEATING WITH WOOD
- Cost of operating a gas furnace at 75¢/gallon fuel cost: = $6.75 per million BTUs of heat-energy at 70-80% efficiency.
- Cost of operating a wood furnace at $60/cord wood (or 3000#): One cord=15 million BTUs.
Cost = $4 per million BTUs of heat-energy at about 50% efficiency .
HEATING WITH FUEL OIL
Heating with fuel oil is a popular alternative in our area, especially in older homes with space heaters.
The price for fuel oil in the region averages $1.25 per gallon.
A CHEAPER WAY TO HEAT:
Sawdust for Fuel: Sawdust is a clean fuel; that is, it is sulphur free. By using wood residue in the form of sawdust, heating costs can be lowered drastically. Wood-chips made of sawdust cost $15.65 per ton delivered. Sawdust is a practically unlimited fuel source for our region, due to the timber industry here. The Missouri University of Science and Technology is one example of a wood-chip heating facility in the region.
Source: Meramec Regional Planning Commission Survey, December 2004.

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