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Comparing LPG to other fuels

The Propane Education and Research Council is out with a new report today lining up the greenhouse gas emission profile of propane across several applications compared with other fuels such as diesel, natural gas and electricity. According to the paper, propane use in residential space and water heating turn out fewer emissions than those systems running on electricity or fuel oil, which dominate the heating market in the Northeast. To the report’s credit, it does demonstrate a variety of vehicle applications where — while propane use may have fewer emissions than a gasoline-powered machine — electricity and natural gas have a smaller footprint than propane. Nexight Group and Energetics Inc. prepared the report:

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US LPG exports grew by 61pc in 2014

US Energy Information Administration (EIA) sees US LPG exports surging by 61 % in 2014 up 73.8mn bbl to a total of 194.87mn bbl since the year before. According to Argus LPG exports stood at 646,000 bbl/d in December falling short of the 680,000 bbl/d of last October. This matches with the 51% overall rise for total US NGL exports.

While North America continued to be the top destination for US LPG exports, Asia was the second strongest consumer of US LPG, where Japan and China collectively absorbed over 3mn bbl. European imports were up nearly 47% the bulk going to France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The EIA also reported a great increase of 79% of exports into Panama (3.1mn bbl). The majority of these imports, however, were exported to Asia and western South America.

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EPA funds acquisition of alternative fuel buses

The EPA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is awarding over $3 million in rebates to replace 210 older school buses running on diesel with new buses that are fuelled by alternative fuels. According to a press release, 76 school bus fleets in 30 states will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding. According to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), six of the school districts taking part chose Autogas for their fleets.

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PERC makes strong case for Autogas

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) are present at the currently ongoing Work Truck Show and have explained to the participants the cost advantage of operating their professional truck fleet on Autogas. PERC will also host a breakout session, “Fueling a Competitive Edge: New Propane Autogas Technology & Offerings”, on March 4 from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Participants can learn about new Autogas technologies available for medium-duty vehicles, including a dual-fuel diesel substitution system.

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