Natural gas is highly dependable in NY. A natural gas
generator makes sense. Or as you say, you can use your own
gasoline to power the generator.
The answer, in part. Is that the government and the
anti-gouging laws. I've heard that gas stations make nearly
no mark up on fuel. Which is why most of them sell coffee,
candy, beer, etc. Supposing a gas station installs a
generator, and has it wired in. How do they recover the cost
of the generator? Well, the only way I know is to sell
gasoline during a power cut. But, is that actually cost
effective? I doubt it. Even if they have cars lined up, the
once a year or so doesn't provide enough mark up to cover
the generator. Unless they increase the price of gas during
the power cut. But they "aren't allowed" to do that. So, the
stations say never mind, there is no financial reason to do
Requiring them by force of law, to spend money on
generators. Well, that sounds like more big government
telling people to do what's not financially practical. If
there was good financial reason to install generators, they
would have done so already.
I'd rather repeal the price gouging laws, and restore some
of the freedom to the "free market". If they want to install
a generator and charge ten bucks a galon during power cuts,
that's fine with me. Don't want to pay ten bucks a galon?
Fine. Go to some other gas station that's cheaper.
Christopher A. Young
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