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Michigan Propane,
Clean Energy for Over 100 Years

Propane is a low-carbon fuel alternative, producing far fewer emissions than the equivalent amount of electricity generated from the U.S. grid. 

The EPA lists propane as non-toxic. It does not contaminate the air, soil or groundwater.

Michigan Relies on Propane

Thousands of Michigan rural residents use propane to heat their homes and power large appliances like furnaces, water heaters and generators. Propane offers a clean and efficient fuel, delivered direct to homes and businesses.

Annual CO₂ Emissions by Fuel Type & Volume

According to U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA), Michigan households
use, on average, 123 million BTU’s of Energy per year

Source: EIA.Gov

Fuel Type

Amount of Fuel Equalling 123 million BTUs

Pounds of CO2 emmited per year per household

Propane

1,332 Gallons

16,889

Electric
(Coal Based)

35,694 kWh

28,771

Fuel Oil

888 Gallons

20,202

Wood Cord

5.125 Cords

24,293

Michigan Fuel Diversity Includes Propane

Michigan Needs Fuel Diversity

Environmental policy expert explains why Michigan needs an all of the above energy solutions. Solar and wind are not enough.

Clean Vehicles Momentum

Jane McCurry, Clean Fuels Michigan Executive Director, explains why she is excited about all the momentum in the clean vehicles space.

Michigan Clean Cities Support Fuel Diversity

Michigan Environmentalist Executive explains the benefits of fuel diversity.

“All of the Above” Approach

Michigan Environmentalist Executive explains the benefits of fuel diversity.

Michigan’s Clean Fuel: Propane!

Thousands of rural Michigan residents are cleaning up the environment with clean propane.

Thumb Bio Energy

Michigan’s Thumb BioEnergy is an important part of the state’s Fuel-Diversity. Clean vehicle fuels like propane, biodiesel, CNG, and others will cleanly power existing cars and trucks.

Raven Hill

Science-center explains Michigan’s clean burning fuel used in 320,000 rural homes.

Propane is a Clean Energy for Northern Michigan

Gaylord science teacher explains how propane used in vehicles, home heating and appliances is clean fuel source.

Michigan Propane Cleaner than Our Electric Grid

Carbon intensity is the total carbon emissions (or total carbon footprint) embodied in an energy carrier such as propane or electricity right from the source to the point of use. For example, propane’s carbon intensity would include the total carbon dioxide emissions from the production, transport, storage, and combustion of propane. Electricity’s carbon intensity includes the total carbon dioxide emissions from extracting resources (such as coal, natural gas, materials for solar panels and wind turbines, etc.), generation of electricity, transmission and distribution of electricity, and end use of electricity.

locations where propane vehicles are better than electric vehicles

locations where electric vehicles are better than propane vehicles

The numbers on the chart for each location represent the difference in total CO2eq (Carbon Dioxide Equivalent) lifecycle emissions in U.S. tons when compared for a single medium-duty vehicle.

Renewable Propane Offers Near-Zero Emissions

What is Renewable Propane Made From?

Renewable propane is made from a mix of waste residues and sustainably sourced materials —  including agricultural waste products, cooking oil, and meat fats

How is Renewable Propane Made?

In many cases, it’s produced as a co-product of biodiesel production. Feedstocks go through a series of complex treatments and are then merged with hydrogen in a process called hydrogenolysis, which purifies the energy content.

Environmental Benefits

  • Landfill diversion: Recycling cooking oil and meat fats into biodiesel and renewable propane helps cut the amount of waste deposited in landfills.
  • Carbon reduction: Converting animal fats and cooking oils into renewable propane is also an ultra-low carbon intensity process that can be scaled up. This process is five times better than diesel and gasoline and more than one-and-a-half times better than U.S. grid electricity.

Conventional Propane is a 3-carbon-molecule and is considered low-carbon (EPA). Renewable Propane is nearly zero-carbon and ramping up in production and recognized by the EPA. 

Camelina (Camellia Sativa) is one substance that is positioned to be a game changer in the renewable propane industry.

Electric Vehicles Human and Environmental Damage

HARVARD SCIENTIST
EXPOSES ELECTRIC VEHICLE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE

Militia in the Congo use children, their parents and other adults to mine the key ingredient in our electric vehicles – Cobalt. Around 75% of the world’s cobalt comes for the Congo.

Siddharth Kara,
Harvard University, Health
and Human Rights Center

Here is one of thousands of children gathering a sack of THEIR cobalt… and he is on an industrial mining concession.

Electric Vehicles Face Challenges

As the supply chain for electric vehicles grows to keep pace with sales, there are serious human and environmental issues cropping up. Such are the recent news reports of the Harvard scientist who exposed the “… brutal mining practices, militia-controlled mining areas, child labor, and miningrelated deaths in the D.R.C. (Congo), where about 75% of the world’s supply of cobalt is mined.”

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Siddharth Kara

Harvard University, Health and Human Rights Center

Siddharth Kara has been researching modern-day slavery, human trafficking and child labor for two decades. In his latest book, Cobalt Red, Kara investigates how cobalt is being extracted by freelance workers who do extremely dangerous labor for the equivalent of just a few dollars a day.

cover of Cobalt Red book

Michigan Propane

The Michigan Propane Commission offers a propane water heater or boiler rebate to rural residents and licensed installers.

Propane is a low-emissions, low-cost fuel used by a variety of public and private fleets. There’s over 33,000 propane vehicles running on Michigan roads.

Propane is easy to use with minimal mess, making outdoor grilling fun. Try the delicious, seasonal recipes  featuring Michigan grown produce.

Propane is popular with food truck cooks and operators because it’s quick and efficient to create short-order masterpieces.

Propane is used in the cannabis industry by growers and processors to extract the oil and terpenes from plants. It doesn’t interfere with the plant’s qualities.