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(Bowling Green Daily News)   Natural gas customers to lose service due to rates charged by gas company, so customers petition to have their natural gas rates increased. Well, that makes sense. Wait, what?   (bgdailynews.com) divider line 12
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2013-08-14 04:20:23 PM
2 votes:
Private ownership of utility screws public?

Is it a day ending in "y"?
2013-08-15 01:44:09 AM
1 votes:

DarkVader: Of course, my utilities are provided by a government agency, they're not legally allowed to make a profit and so my rates are some of the lowest in the country for gas and electricity. Socialism works, capitalism fails again.


I'm a libertarian and believe that you can do the same with a perfectly legal in my head cooperative for utilities.

Every Coop I've utilized has been great compared to the commercial companies.

DarkVader: I don't suppose I'd recommend most people do what I did with my stove, though. There's one burner that's supposed to be more powerful than the other three. It was still much too wimpy. I took the oven jet from the propane kit and put that on it - better, but still not good enough. So I pulled it and drilled it out a bit. It's much better now.


No, I wouldn't recommend doing that either.
2013-08-14 09:42:53 PM
1 votes:

MarkEC: WhoopAssWayne: Inflatable Rhetoric: They could get a tank and connect it to the feed line that is now used for gas.  Not a lot of conversion.

Each appliance has to have a conversion kit though I'm unsure what it does - every one in my home has one. I just don't understand why they are saying it's that expensive. The conversion kit cost wasn't a factor when I bought my appliances that I can remember.

Converting from natural gas to propane requires new orifices and air inlets. It should only be done by people qualified to do it. It's not costly when you buy an appliance because it's factory installed, or assembled pre-sale. The majority of the cost to convert existing appliances is having a plumber come in and install any kits needed.


No, the last time I bought a gas-fired appliance (stove) the parts came in separate bags with instructions for the buyer to install whichever he needed, NG or LP. It's really simple to do.
2013-08-14 07:31:43 PM
1 votes:

beezeltown: One source reports the company has a total of 48 customers, and another source claims 78 customers. Either way, it is hard to imagine running a utility successfully (forget profitably) with so few accounts.


It's 48 accounts/households, 78 adults in the households associated with the accounts.

With that few, you're looking at 1 part time employee, contract out work as necessary.  Kind of like my old village's water company.

WhoopAssWayne: Each appliance has to have a conversion kit though I'm unsure what it does - every one in my home has one. I just don't understand why they are saying it's that expensive. The conversion kit cost wasn't a factor when I bought my appliances that I can remember.


For the most part a 'conversion kit' is simply new orifices, burners, and regulators.  It's easy enough for new appliances, but for old ones you have to track down which are the proper parts for that particular unit.  Some of which might be in excess of 20 years old.

That's assuming it's possible.  This site says that it's becoming increasingly more difficult as the appliances are designed to be too dedicated to one type of gas.  They recommend new appliances.  Most homes that would translate into a new stove, dryer, water heater, and furnace, in approximate order of increasing cost.

The tank would be the biggest expense - ~$2k, and I don't even know where to begin on the cost of disconnecting the NG, purging the lines(then have the workers get to work replacing/modifying the appliances), cutting the NG line and mating it up to the new propane line.  Then you figure 500 gallons of propane at $3/gallon.

I wouldn't be surprised if it busts $10k.
2013-08-14 07:19:36 PM
1 votes:

WhoopAssWayne: Inflatable Rhetoric: They could get a tank and connect it to the feed line that is now used for gas.  Not a lot of conversion.

Each appliance has to have a conversion kit though I'm unsure what it does - every one in my home has one. I just don't understand why they are saying it's that expensive. The conversion kit cost wasn't a factor when I bought my appliances that I can remember.


Converting from natural gas to propane requires new orifices and air inlets. It should only be done by people qualified to do it. It's not costly when you buy an appliance because it's factory installed, or assembled pre-sale. The majority of the cost to convert existing appliances is having a plumber come in and install any kits needed.
2013-08-14 05:30:00 PM
1 votes:
Do all of you people who think this isn't a big deal cook on electric?
fark that
2013-08-14 05:10:58 PM
1 votes:

DubyaHater: KrispyKritter: iheartscotch: The way I read it was; the customers were requesting a rate hike; rather than loose service.

Bingo. IMHO the company should have an obligation to service their existing customer base. This isn't cell service or booze delivery, this is serious shiat they need.

this isn't a government service which can exist indefinitely while operating at a loss. When a private company is out of money, it ceases to exist.


Maybe utilities should be government run. Hell, most of them are subsidized to the neck by the government already.
2013-08-14 05:04:05 PM
1 votes:

WhoopAssWayne: Inflatable Rhetoric: They could get a tank and connect it to the feed line that is now used for gas.  Not a lot of conversion.

Each appliance has to have a conversion kit though I'm unsure what it does - every one in my home has one. I just don't understand why they are saying it's that expensive. The conversion kit cost wasn't a factor when I bought my appliances that I can remember.


The reference was to conversion from gas to electric.  That would be expensive.  From NG to propane/butane, not so much.
2013-08-14 04:33:52 PM
1 votes:

iheartscotch: The way I read it was; the customers were requesting a rate hike; rather than loose service.


I know I like my service tight, not loose.
2013-08-14 04:31:35 PM
1 votes:

iheartscotch: The way I read it was; the customers were requesting a rate hike; rather than loose service.


Bingo. IMHO the company should have an obligation to service their existing customer base. This isn't cell service or booze delivery, this is serious shiat they need.
2013-08-14 04:25:31 PM
1 votes:
The way I read it was; the customers were requesting a rate hike; rather than loose service.
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2013-08-14 03:17:50 PM
1 votes:
I saw it.  It makes sense really.   A regulated monopoly can't increase rates without government permission.
 
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