Propane Industry Applauds Senate Committee for Natural Gas Forums
Washington, DC (May 20, 2013) – In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) applauded the Committee for hosting a series of forums focused on increased usage of our nation’s natural gas supply. Noting propane’s nearly identical emissions and applications profile, NPGA called on the Committee to consider the benefits of propane as a complementary fuel to natural gas.
The letter highlights the similarities of propane with natural gas, stating, “Propane, when combusted, has essentially the same emissions characteristics as natural gas. Moreover, it can fuel the same applications as natural gas—space heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying, fireplaces, grain-drying, irrigation pumps, on-road cars and trucks, and off-road vehicles such as forklifts and commercial lawn mowers—without the need to connect to a main supply pipeline. In the simplest terms, then, propane can be thought of as ‘portable natural gas.’”
Propane supply is growing rapidly resulting from increased supply from natural gas shale production. A recent study of propane supply reveals that last year more than 70 percent of total U.S. supply of propane came from U.S. and Canadian natural gas liquids. Production from U.S. gas plants alone approached nearly eleven billion gallons. The domestic supply of propane is expected to continue to grow over time as a result of growth in natural gas liquids production in association with shale gas and oil.
Rick Roldan, President & CEO of NPGA, also noted in the letter to the Committee that, “America’s production of propane exceeds consumption, making it a 100 percent domestically-produced fuel. As a result of all of these factors, propane offers the nation the opportunity to fuel its homes and businesses with a clean-burning, domestic, and portable fuel.” He urged the Committee to consider the role that propane can play in the nation’s energy portfolio especially noting that propane is truly a “ready-to-use” fuel that does not require significant investments in permanent infrastructure.