Ohio Propane, Clean Burning for Over 150 Years

CHEMISTRY

Because it vaporizes when exposed to air, propane has negligible effects on the ozone. Similarly, propane does not harm the soil and poses no hazard to drinking water or marine ecosystems.

Propane is not mined like battery materials or extracted like oil. It is primarily manufactured from natural gas as a by-product of methane purification.

Propane’s low carbon intensity is why it is an approved clean alternative fuel under the Clean Air Act.

RENEWABLE

A renewable version of propane is ramping up. It's produced by converting plant and vegetable oils, waste greases, and animal fat into fuel. It delivers a high-energy conversion so BTU’s aren’t wasted, and is price competitive and carbon neutral, meaning no new carbon is added to the atmosphere when renewable
propane is burned.

ENERGY

The US Energy Star program gives propane a source site ratio of 1.01, compared to 3.03 for electricity from the grid. This means it takes 3.03 units of electricity to produce and deliver one unit of energy to a home, compared to only 1.01 for propane.

Ohio propane
Ohio propane
Ohio propane
According to the EPA more that 60 million Americans use propane gas for everything from heating and cooling their homes and businesses to more than 350,000 propane vehicles on our roads today. 
 
The EPA also says Propane is the most widely used Alternative fuel used in the United States. 

OHIO RENEWABLE PROPANE BASICS

Renewable Propane is nearly identical to traditional propane with one big exception — it’s not made from fossil fuels.

What is Renewable Propane Made From?

Renewable propane is made from a mix of waste residues and sustainably sourced materials —  including agricultural waste products, cooking oil, and meat fats

What is Renewable Propane Made From?

In many cases, it’s produced as a co-product of biodiesel production. Feedstocks go through a series of complex treatments and are then merged with hydrogen in a process called hydrogenolysis, which purifies the energy content.

Environmental Benefits

  • Landfill diversion: Recycling cooking oil and meat fats into biodiesel and renewable propane helps cut the amount of waste deposited in landfills.
  • Carbon reduction: Converting animal fats and cooking oils into renewable propane is also an ultra-low carbon intensity process that can be scaled up. This process is five times better than diesel and gasoline and more than one-and-a-half times better than U.S. grid electricity.

Propane Offers Energy Diversity From a Public and Private Perspective 

Kent State University develop new technology to heat your home and provide electricity. 

Thousands of Ohio semi trucks are running on BioDiesel. Mrs. Thorsen explains the importance having fuel-diversity in our state. 

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PROPANE DECARBONIZES

Clean and renewable energy like propane accelerates Ohio’s decarbonization efforts.

  • Decarbonization requires more cleaner energy options. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information says that large emissions reductions are achievable through a broad range of opportunities, including the use of low carbon alternatives like propane.

  • The electric grid isn’t always the cleanest answer. Currently, propane-fueled medium- and heavy-duty vehicles provide a lower carbon footprint solution in 38 U.S. states when compared to medium- and heavy-duty EVs charged from the electrical grid.

  • Ohio is propane country. Our state’s propane reserves are abundant and clean burning which is why numerous fleets including busses,
    trucks and city vehicles and commercial lawn mowers run on propane. 
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PROPANE ENSURES EQUITY

Access to clean, affordable and renewable energy like propane ensures equity on the path to zero

  • Urban and rural low-income households, especially African American and Latino households, spend roughly three times as much of their income on energy costs as non-low-income households. In February 2021, EIA reported that electricity was 68% more expensive per million BTUs than propane.

     

  • Energy should be affordable, so that no one has to go without, but the share of income that low-income households spent on electricity rose by 1/3 in the last decade.

     

  • Everyone should have access to clean energy and home energy management tools, but utility programs that promote rooftop solar power, electric vehicles, and home energy storage are largely inaccessible to low-income households.

     

  • Emission-free renewable energy isn’t free. Net-metering gives solar customers a credit on their bill when their rooftop panels generate excess power and the utility buys back the power. The power is paid for by other non-solar customers, including low-income households.