For several years, Clean Fuels Ohio has worked with fleets to deploy cleaner, more cost-effective propane autogas into fleet operations throughout the state. While propane has both economic and environmental benefits, one of its few challenges to date has been the lack of a renewable supply.
According to a recent article in LPGas Magazine, however, this is changing. A new supply of renewable propane is entering the US market, allowing propane autogas to fully enter the conversation on renewable fuels and gain even stronger environmental benefits while maintaining economic and vehicle performance advantages.
Renewable propane is made from organic feedstocks such as vegetable oils, animal oils and other triglycerides – but the end product is molecularly identical to conventional propane now used in various applications throughout the country. “That is one of the beauties of it,” says Tucker Perkins, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), who was quoted in the article. “Renewable propane will behave exactly like propane in any of the combustion categories.”
“What we realized was it is relatively easy to make renewable propane,” Perkins continued, “The easier it is to make, the lower the carbon intensity, or let’s use real words: The less energy you need to put into it to make it into something useful. For the propane industry having renewable propane, even as a blended fuel with conventional propane, all of a sudden reduces the carbon content to the point where environmentalists and regulators sit up and notice.”
Clean Fuels Ohio is excited about these developments and is working with distributors to find opportunities for autogas fleet users throughout the state. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Andrew Conley at 614-884-7336 or Andrew@CleanFuelsOhio.org.