Propane Provides Renewable Energy
Propane Promotes Recycling
Propane is a beneficial byproduct of natural gas. If not captured for later use in heating and power generation, it becomes wasted energy. Propane use is the EPA philosophy of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” in action.
Propane Is A Clean Alternative Fuel
Because propane is nontoxic and ozone-safe, the EPA recognizes it as a clean alternative fuel under the 1990 Clean Air Act. Today, propane is becoming even cleaner thanks to research in renewable propane made from various bio sources.
Propane Is Not A Significant Source Of Carbon
Propane appliances produce fewer carbon emissions than nearly every other energy source. In fact, propane is an environmentally responsible alternative to carbon-intensive wood burning. Classifying propane as renewable would allow New England to further its energy goals while reducing carbon emissions.
Propane Is Sustainable
As a reliable source of energy, propane works in tandem with solar-powered net-zero homes. These homes use propane for carbon-neu- tral heating, cooking, and hot water in conjunction with solar panels, and propane generators can be added to keep the lights on when the sun stops shining.
Propane Provides Energy Security
Propane Is Reliable
During climate events like hurricanes, floods, and blizzards, energy supplies are strained and the electricity grid is at risk. Propane generators provide home and commercial backup power when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow. In the event of price spikes and blackouts, hospitals and other critical infrastructure can switch over to propane.
Propane Fleets Provide Backup Emergency Vehicles
With increased climatic events come increased power outages. Propane fleet vehicles provide police, ambulances, and buses with a backup fuel that can be loaded from a propane truck without electricity. Propane vehicles reduce greenhouse gases and cost less to maintain.
Propane Is Less Vulnerable To Cyber-attack Or EMP
While cyber-security is a serious concern for New England’s electricity grid, propane systems are not connected to the grid and there- fore virtually impenetrable to most hackers. Propane microgrids, already used in Europe, could be a solution for New England com- munities as well.
Propane Is Environmentally Secure
As the U.S. becomes increasingly dependent on renewable electricity, propane is an ideal backup power source to complement solar and wind technology. Propane is nontoxic, does not contaminate ground or seawater, and contains no ozone depleting chemicals.