Renewable Propane’s Availability Grows

Written on: June 27, 2024

Vehicles and households are seeing more access to this revolutionary fuel.

renewable propane united states In 2023, renewable propane production reached an estimated 4.5 million gallons, according to Gavin Hale, director of product development at the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). And PERC projections for this year show a production capacity of 20 million gallons — and 70 million gallons in 2025.

In short, the development and production of rPG and other renewable liquid gases continue to rise rapidly. With it, we’re seeing more rPG availability for businesses, vehicle fleets and even U.S. households. Here is a rundown of new developments in rPG access.

Renewable Propane Garbage Trucks in NC

When Raleigh Parks was looking for a way to decarbonize its garbage trucks, it looked at electric, natural gas and propane options. They settled on propane autogas as the most effective, cost-conscious way to lower emissions quickly. Conventional propane already offered a carbon intensity reduction of about 13% compared to the diesel it was replacing. But Raleigh went even further. Their new 26,000 lb. medium-duty trucks run on renewable propane, which drops their carbon intensity even lower!

Raleigh has plans to expand its use of renewable propane autogas further by rolling out another garbage truck, a 16-foot refrigerator truck and six flatbed dump trucks that run on rPG.

James Madison U brings rPG to Virginia

Renewable propane autogas use is also expanding in Virginia, thanks to a special pricing plan arranged by James Madison University. The contract allows autogas fleet owners to access a blend containing up to 20% rPG.

Blossman Gas is the equipment and fuel partner for the contract. Its vice president, Steve McCoy, told LP Gas Magazine, “Autogas is a proven and viable solution for fleets in the commonwealth of Virginia today, and we are excited to offer this additional opportunity for reduced emissions with a renewable autogas component.”

Maine Homeowners Access rPG

Even as the production of rPG and other low-carbon liquid gases has grown dramatically in the U.S., homeowners have not had wide access to it for their heating and appliances. That is changing for many households in and around Buxton, Maine.

Waltz & Sons Propane has begun offering rPG to its residential customers for home heating. Stating they were the first Maine propane retailer to provide it, chief financial officer Sue Waltz told the Portland Press Herald they “just felt there was a need in the market.” This represents a major step forward for Maine families to decarbonize.

A New rPG Study Out of Canada

The Canadian Propane Association (CPA) recently completed a study that determined that renewable propane could reduce propane’s already low emissions by 85% — and more in certain circumstances.

Called the Propane Decarbonization Roadmap for Canada, this study encourages investment in the infrastructure to develop rPG as a means to “ensure an equitable energy transition for all Canadians … for agriculture, industry, transportation and remote, rural and Indigenous communities,” per CPA president and CEO Channon Watt. For so many Canadian communities that exist outside the reach of utilities and severely vulnerable to grid outages, conventional propane, rPG, and other innovative liquid gas blends are an invaluable decarbonization pathway.

The Renewable Propane Alliance helps North American propane stakeholders gain access to this vital, low-carbon alternative fuel. Join the Alliance today!