Governmental Affairs


Propane: More than just a fuel for California

Propane is an integral part of California’s and the U.S.’s clean energy economy. With industry initiatives that support the increased production of renewable propane, propane is a post-2030 fuel with significant environmental benefits. The people of California will continue to benefit from employment opportunities, and sustainable propane energy for years to come.

3,000Pounds of CO2 each propane tankless water heater can prevent from entering the atmosphere every year.
up to 90%Amount of smog-causing pollutants reduced by Propane Vehicles
30Percentage of CO2 reduced by propane powered homes versus an all-electric home. Direct use of propane for space heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying.
50Percentage of greenhouse gas reductions by propane powered homes. Propane is not a greenhouse gas.
energy efficientENERGY EFFICIENT
3xEfficiency in which propane reaches homes & businesses compared to non-gas energy
90%Amount of original energy propane retains by the time it’s delivered to the end-user, compared to the 30% retained by non-gas energy
2xEfficiency of propane appliances compared to their non-gas counterparts
1Propane is the lowest-cost transportation fuel available
$1.2Billions Barrels of oil per day the US would save if we replaced 3.5 million heavy-duty vehicles with propane by 2035
200,000Number of propane vehicles on US roads today
200Amount of fleet options now available in the US
14,000Propane-powered school buses transport 850,000 school children every day in the U.S.
4.5Million pounds of NOx emissions per year could be reduced by replacing over 1200 older buses (pre-2007) with propane school buses, which could impact over 400,000 kids
california economyCALIFORNIA & U.S. ECONOMY
1In 2016, California became the largest consumer of propane in the U.S. This includes energy uses such as forklifts, generators and vehicle fuel (autogas).*
3California is the third-largest consumer of propane for residential use in the U.S. This includes energy uses such as home and water heating, cooking, clothes drying, etc.*
4California is the fourth largest consumer of propane for agricultural use in the U.S. This includes energy uses such as irrigation engines, crop drying, wind machines, generators, etc. In 2016, Californians consumed 52.1 million gallons in this market.*
2.6Billion dollars per year odorized propane’s contribution to California’s economy including both direct and indirect economic effects.
40Billion dollars contributed annually to the U.S economy.
85,000The number of people employed by the propane industry in the U.S.

About Us:

This website is brought to you by the Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA), a trade and membership service organization. The WPGA, founded in 1949, represents propane marketers throughout California. The organization holds high standards of practice within the industry. WPGA values propane as part of California’s clean-energy economy and is a leading national proponent for renewable propane.

*Based on data from the 2016 Sales of Natural Gas Liquids and Liquefied Refinery Gases published in 2018.