Where Does Propane Come From?

Propane is a versatile, American-made home fuel.

propane Doylestown, PA Whether you use propane to heat your home or fuel a freestanding grill, you enjoy the benefits of a predominately U.S.-made energy source. At Blue Flame, we appreciate that the households we serve care about the origin, composition and performance of the fuel we deliver. They want to know they’re using a sustainable energy source that isn’t harming the planet.

Happily, propane is clean and eco-friendly — and it’s getting greener by the day.

Where does your propane come from?

Virtually all the propane you use comes from within the United States. It’s a co-product of natural gas extraction and oil refining. Because of this, its price is less susceptible to international energy markets. This makes propane’s price lower and more stable than many other energy options.

According to the National Energy Education Development Project, nearly 70 percent of propane comes from natural gas extraction. When natural gas comes out of the ground, heavier products like ethane, butane and propane come with it. Propane is separated during the extraction and packaged as a separate fuel.

In oil refining, propane is separated from heavier products that become diesel and gasoline.

What makes propane different from natural gas?

Propane is heavier than natural gas, which is primarily composed of methane. Natural gas is lighter than air and will always rise, but propane can be compressed as a liquid. This allows companies like Blue Flame to transport it in trucks and store it in tanks and cylinders.

How eco-friendly is propane?

Propane is environmentally friendly for several reasons. Firstly, it has a lower carbon intensity rating than diesel, gasoline and U.S. grid electricity.* Propane contains no methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas. It also emits virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen.

You can add to propane’s environmental benefits that propane equipment is exceptionally efficient. Today’s propane furnaces, for example, have fuel efficiencies in the high 90s, so almost no heat energy escapes your home and into the atmosphere.

And propane is getting even greener with the advent of renewable propane!

What is renewable propane?

Renewable propane is one of the most exciting green energy products in development today. Though not yet in wide use, its production grows each year.
Renewable propane is chemically identical to conventional propane so you can use it in the same equipment without modification. However, renewable propane comes from organic and recycled ingredients like municipal waste, inedible corn oil and restaurant grease. The resulting fuel typically has a carbon intensity that’s roughly one-quarter that of conventional propane — and about 16 percent of the carbon intensity of the U.S. electric grid.*

Blue Flame delivers premium propane and peace of mind!

From Cherry Hill, NJ, to West Chester, PA — and many other cities and towns — families and businesses trust Blue Flame’s propane delivery. Our stress-free, no-cost automatic delivery schedule places the burden of planning on our state-of-the-art system. We’ll track your fuel usage and deliver fresh propane right when you need it.

Blue Flame is ready to be your dependable fuel partner. Reach out to us to become a customer!

* Source: https://propane.com/about-propane/renewable-propane/