Originally Posted by OneHoppyGuy
In some areas of the country electricity prices are extremely high
True, but is the electricity price higher than propane in the same place? That's really all that matters.
In most places in North America, the cost to brew with electricity is about 1/10th or 1/15th the cost of using propane.
Tht question is, is there any place where electricity actually costs *more* than propane?
Factors Affecting Electricity Prices - Energy Explained, Your Guide To Understanding Energy
This says that the average retail price of electricity in the United States in 2010 was 9.88 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
The three States with the highest average price of electricity in 2010 were:
Hawaii (25.12˘ per kWh)
Connecticut (17.39˘ per kWh)
New York (16.31˘ per kWh)
So in worst case electricity costs are about 2.5 times the average rate. So instead of propane being 10-15 times the cost, it may be 2.5- 4 times the cost. That's assuming a constant propane cost around the country which is most likely not true. I bet that propane in Hawaii is also more expensive.
So let's see, how does propane vary per state?
See: Propane Prices | National Propane Pricing Information
Cheapest I can find are places like Iowa and Missouri at around $1.9-2/gallon. They are also some of the cheapest in electricity.
The most expensive places for electricity (ex: New York and Connecticut) are also some of the most expensive for propane at about $3.1/gallon which is about 50% higher than average, the same increase that these places pay for electricity. (I can't find anything for Hawaii).
So while this isn't an exhaustive analysis, it seems that if electricity prices go up for a region, so does propane, so the 1/10th or 1/15th would still hold true.
Anyone have any examples of places where it's cheaper to brew with propane than electricity and have proof?