WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The first delivery of renewable propane in Massachusetts was received with a ceremony at the NGL Supply Wholesale Springfield terminal in West Springfield on Tuesday.

Renewable propane is similar to the normal stuff but its produced as a byproduct of renewable diesel created from plant and vegetable oils or animal fats. Typically propane is a byproduct of processing natural gas or crude oil. In turn, renewable propane emits less carbon than its counterpart for every unit of energy it actually produces.

“The cost is just very slightly more than traditional propane today. But we anticipate as more of it is produced that that cost is gonna come down. And if you think about the added benefit that you get by knowing you’re helping the climate and helping the planet by using renewables.. I think a lot of people are willing to spend a little bit more to get that,” said Leslie Anderson, President and CEO of Propane Gas Association of New England.

The technology to create renewable propane is still in it’s infancy with new sources to create it being developed often. Fuel experts say that renewable propane could account for half the worlds energy needs by 2050.

What is renewable propane?

Renewable propane is a clean alternative energy source and is made from a variety of renewable feedstocks which creates ultra-low carbon properties.

This is a major step for Massachusetts in significantly reducing emissions and providing cleaner air to breathe.

NGL Supply Wholesale delivers reliable supplies of natural gas liquids, such as propane and butane, sourced from 25 state-of-the-art proprietary terminals, dedicated pipeline systems, and refineries throughout the U.S.

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