Propane and America’s Clean Energy Future

Written on: August 24, 2021

efficient home fuel maineAs a result of its high efficiency, propane is a cost-effective choice for your Maine home. You’ll see the benefits of this with your fuel costs, especially if you use propane to run appliances, like your stove or clothes dryer, or heat your water, in your home. Some people swear by it as a great way to heat their home, too. Many Mainers also like to extend their backyard time beyond summer with efficient propane-powered patio heaters, pool and spa heaters, firepits and more. Read more about propane.

As you can see, propane is a versatile fuel that has many uses, But, here’s another important attribute that should never be overlooked. Propane is also an extremely clean-burning heating fuel source.

With propane, you’re relying on a fuel that produces next-to-zero greenhouse gas emissions or air pollutants. It can reliably and efficiently heat homes and water, fuel multiple indoor and outdoor appliances, and even power vehicles.

What’s more, the propane industry is committed to making propane even more environmentally friendly than it is today. To reach a goal of creating less environmental impact, there are efforts underway to reducing harmful emissions and particulate matter from our atmosphere.

The Growth of Renewable Propane

One exciting development has been the growing production of renewable propane, which is a by-product of the renewable diesel process. Developers of renewable propane in both the United States and Europe have been perfecting methods to produce propane from renewable sources such as biomass, animal oils, vegetable oils, and other triglycerides.

Millions of gallons of propane a year can be produced in this way—and those numbers will continue to grow in the years ahead.

The propane produced through this process has all of the benefits of traditional propane. It’s clean, affordable and reliable. It also leaves an ultra-low carbon footprint when compared to standard electricity generation.

Advanced technologies are already available for use with ultra-low nitrogen oxide engines. These and other advancements will deliver major environmental and public health gains, particularly for transportation and stationary engines used in agriculture.

In the construction industry, renewable propane addresses the need to generate more of our energy from renewable sources. And for commercial applications, renewable propane provides substantial potential reductions in criteria pollutants and diesel particulate matter.

How Renewable Propane Can Benefit Maine

Renewable propane will allow propane providers in the state a greater opportunity to be involved in residential, commercial and government projects that require energy sources to be zero-carbon or as close as possible when it comes to emissions, meaning more opportunities and income for locally-owned businesses.

Ultimately, renewable propane can be a part of making the quality of life better in Maine with reduced emissions, a cleaner environment and forward-thinking applications that will make our state a destination for modern development.

You can read more about renewable propane gas here.