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I’ve worked in the alternative energy industry for quite some time, and I’ve seen how it’s evolved over the years. While cost has always been a determining factor in adopting an alternative energy source, I remember talking with fleet owners a decade ago who wanted a domestic fuel that removed their reliance on foreign oil. But today, there’s another factor that’s emerged as an even more compelling reason to transition to an alternative fuel.
Today, it’s all about the environment. It’s one of the reasons the propane industry felt strongly about providing a fresh brand for propane in 2021 — PROPANE Energy for Everyone™. We believe everyone deserves access to clean, affordable energy, and propane is the energy source for the job.
In 2021, we saw major wins for the environment thanks to propane autogas investments in several fleets. For instance, TransNet, a paratransit fleet based in Pennsylvania, adopted additional propane autogas vehicles to reduce emissions without compromising on the fleet’s range and performance needs. TransNet is poised to eliminate over 3.1 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the life of the shuttles.
It’s not just paratransit fleets. In the package and parcel delivery industry, there are now five USPS-contracted fleets across the country that are investing in propane autogas trucks following the massive success of McAbee Trucking out of the Carolinas. Each of these engines is 90 percent cleaner than Environmental Protection Agency standards.
Not to mention, renewable propane production is growing and isn’t showing signs of slowing down. While this ultra-clean energy source has already been established throughout California, we’re now also seeing it in other parts of the country. In fact, earlier this fall, the city of Petersburg welcomed the first gallons of renewable propane into the commonwealth of Virginia for the city’s police and shuttle fleets. This is yet another milestone the propane industry made in 2021.
Now looking to 2022, with new funding sources available through the recently passed infrastructure bill, fleet owners will have more opportunities to build upon these successes and realize their own sustainability goals. As we look to next year, we look forward to continuing to assist fleet owners in realizing solutions for health, equity, and climate.