Propane—It’s Shaping Our Energy Future!
As the widespread power grid issues in Texas recently as well as last winter have shown, energy security is vital to the safety of this country and its citizens.
Propane has shown that it is an outstanding alternative energy source. It is a major player in how Americans use energy now—and well into the future. The propane industry is prepared, and continues to prepare, to meet that challenge.
Meeting America’s Energy Needs
Demand for propane for residential use has been growing dramatically year-over-year. With the current real estate and home construction booms, this will continue to be the case. Building homes with propane gas furnaces has been an increasingly popular trend in the residential construction industry. Potential homebuyers are also choosing the energy efficiency and amenities that propane gas provides versus electric counterparts. Even existing homeowners are converting their home heating systems from oil or electric to propane.
By 2025, U.S. demand for propane will reach more than 10 billion gallons a year.
The propane industry can meet that demand while providing a secure, domestic energy supply that is not dependent on imports or utilities’ aging, failing infrastructure.
The Drive for Sustainability
The propane industry is focused not only on meeting the growing demand for propane but it is also doing so while continuing to make propane an even cleaner and greener fuel—putting it to direct use in the fight against climate change.
One area that propane can help when it comes to climate change is in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through transportation, which is the country’s current largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Interest in propane autogas has shown dramatic growth over the last five years, and that growth is expected to continue.
Since the introduction of autogas to school buses, there has been a 960% increase in the number of school buses using this fuel.
This growth in demand for autogas is expected to continue and move into other uses. One area primed for growth is in the package and parcel delivery sector, as demand for home delivery services exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that the restrictions have eased, many people are continuing to use delivery services for everything from groceries to clothing because of the ease and convenience.
Renewable energy is changing a lot for the future of energy, and the planet. It allows us to become less dependent on extracting fuel from the earth, such as drilling for oil or fracking for natural gas.
Renewable propane makes propane’s environmental friendliness even better.
Renewable propane is a byproduct of the renewable diesel process. Developers of renewable propane in both Europe and the U.S have been perfecting methods for producing it from biomass, animal fats, vegetable oils, and other triglycerides.
Compared to oil or electricity, propane is a clear winner on the issue of greenhouse gases. Homes that use propane instead of electricity can reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 30% and their greenhouse gas emissions by 50%. Renewable propane aids in satisfying the increased demand while reducing its environmental impact even more.