OPM’s word of the day: ‘dekatherm’

The Office of Policy and Management said today it has secured new fixed-price contracts to supply natural gas to state agencies at a savings of $660,000.

One contract provides a new price for 453 natural gas accounts of $6.68 per dekatherm, compared to the old price of $10.73 per dekatherm. Another contract for a dozen fuel-switching accounts provides gas at $6.35 per dekatherm vs. $8.38 per dekatherm.

Wondering what exactly is a dekatherm?

Why, it’s the equivalent of a gigajoule.