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Dual Fuel

This utilizes a fossil-fueled heating source (natural gas, propane, or fuel oil) with a duplicate electric heat source. Normally, the electric heat is ON to provide 100% of your heating as needed. During times of peak electric load, a load control switches the electric heating system OFF, and then your back-up fossil-fuel source takes over.

dual fuel


  • $0.053/kwh (includes PCA effective1-01-12)

Control Times

  • Up to 600 hours per season. Individual interruptions may be as long as needed to prevent excessive peak usage.
  • Dual Fuel was controlled a total of 115 hrs during the 2011/2012 heating season.


  • $200 for plenum heaters and electric boilers.
  • $100/ton for a Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP).
  • $100 for a whole house baseboard heating system.

Equipment Required

  • Electric heat source
  • Automatic fossil-fueled heat source (wood does not qualify)
  • Dual Fuel meter and load control

Water Heater Operation

  • Can be run through the same Dual Fuel control and rate
  • Would operate at a separate, Off-Peak schedule

Air Conditioning

  • Can be run through the same Dual Fuel control and rate
  • Would operate at a separate, "Cycled Air" schedule


  • Flexible Fuel Choices
  • Reduced operating costs compared to straight fossil fuel heating systems


  • Extra expense of installing 2 separate heat sources
  • More maintenance costs because of more moving parts

Please Note: Customer must verify their heating system(s) are sufficient to maintain temperatures as required for safety and comfort.

Crow Wing Power can help you to size your electric heating system. Just call us for details.




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