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Energy Conversion Factors
Ever wondered how many BTU were in a kilowatt hour (kwh) of electricity? Ever wondered how many BTU were in a barrel of oil?
Here are a few conversions:
1 (one) kilowatt-hour (kwh) of electricity3,412 Btu*
1 (one) megawatt of electricity1,000 KW
1 (one) average megawatt of electricity8,760,000 KWh
1 (one) therm of natural gas100,000 Btu
1 (one) barrel of oil42 gallons
1 (one) barrel ofcrude oil5,848,000 Btu
1 (one) barrel of distillate oil5,825,000 Btu
1 (one) barrel of residual oil6,287,000 Btu
1 (one) barrel of gasoline5,248,000 Btu
1 (one) barrel of kerosene5,670,000 Btu
1 (one) barrel of jet fuel5,513,000 Btu
1 (one) barrel of liquified petroleum gas (LPG)4,011,000 Btu
1 (one) cord of oak32,000,000 Btu
1 (one) cord of lodgepole pine20,000,000 Btu
1 (one) ton of wood pellets16,000,000 Btu
 
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