100% renewable propane in California by 2030.
Climate change is a threat to our global community. WPGA embraces the role we can play to address the climate change challenge and provide sustainable, resilient and affordable energy. With renewable propane our industry is in the midst of an evolution, becoming a carbon neutral partner alongside solar and wind. Renewable propane is derived from sustainable energy sources such as animal fat and vegetable oil. Energy resiliency and security are also critically important for our communities particularly when disaster strikes, during a power disruption event, or an enduring pandemic. Renewable propane is completely interchangeable with its conventional counterpart, making it an affordable option for California’s clean energy economy.
This isn’t new. In 2015, WPGA reimagined the future of the industry, and established a strategic plan for the development of renewable propane. Four years later, California became the first state in the nation to market the renewable fuel. There is still much work to be done.
It takes more than just a simple statement to transform an industry. WPGA is invested in the global effort to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. To achieve this critical milestone, we will focus on the following:
- Engage with fuel producers, legislators, and policy makers to support a viable path for increased production of renewable propane.
- Educate consumers on the environmental benefits of using renewable propane versus conventional fuels.
- Drive innovative equipment and appliance technologies that dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
California is on the right path. Today, California is the largest consumer of renewable propane in the nation. Today, the propane industry has identified production capacity to displace 50% of California’s conventional propane consumption in the next few years. Today, we are seeing innovations from national laboratories that eliminate indoor NOx emissions by up to 90%. Today, we’re identifying advanced technologies with the ability to use renewable propane to net renewable electricity to the state’s grid or to charge electric vehicles.
The golden state is also the first in the nation to introduce a legislative bill to incentivize the production of renewable propane. This comes as no surprise as it is widely understood that incentives and legislation are key to the transition to a green economy, and that no single clean energy option can meet all of the needs for our communities. The state’s ability to decarbonize its electricity generation, increase solar, and generate more renewable propane depends on such legislation and regulation.
With the advent of renewable propane, Californians have an affordable path to carbon neutrality that works alongside other renewable energy solutions. WPGA recognizes that we are part of an overall ecosystem that, working together, can provide a sustainable future.