Posted: July 1, 2024

Where Propane Comes From

90 percent of U.S. propane is domestically produced.

propane Harrisburg, PA Over the last decade or so, American consumers have become more concerned about where the products they need come from. Supply chain disruptions, material shortages, global conflicts — they have all contributed to rising prices and product availability interruptions.

At Koppy’s Propane, we always want our customers to feel confident that they will always have access to the fuel they need. Families in Harrisburg, Hazleton and other Central or Southeastern Pennsylvania communities count on propane for heating, hot water, cooking, power generation and other crucial functions. In this article, we will discuss where your propane comes from.

What is propane?

Propane is a hydrocarbon that predominately comes from natural gas extraction and crude oil refining. Around 70% of U.S. propane primarily comes from domestic natural gas processing. When natural gas (methane) is extracted, heavier hydrocarbons like ethane, butane, isobutane and propane go with it and can be repackaged for separate distribution.

When crude oil is refined to produce heavier petroleum products like diesel or gasoline, lighter hydrocarbons like propane fall off and can be processed separately.
The upshot of all of this is that no new wells need to be drilled to extract conventional propane. We’re also seeing an increasing amount of renewable propane being produced each year. More on that shortly.

Where does U.S. propane come from?

If you’re concerned about access to the propane your household needs, we have good news for you. Over 90% of the propane used in our country comes from right within our borders. In fact, the U.S. is a net exporter of propane. We export more propane than we even use domestically!

This not only means that you can feel confident that there is a steady domestic supply of propane, but the fuel is also somewhat insulated from global energy markets. That means it’s more stable, price-wise, than many other energy sources.

What is renewable propane?

An increasing amount of our country’s propane stock comes from renewable feedstocks similar to biodiesel. These feedstocks include:

  • Used cooking oil
  • Plant oils
  • Municipal waste
  • Agricultural residue
  • Wood biomass

The resulting fuel is called renewable propane. Its carbon intensity is a fraction of that of conventional propane. In fact, renewable propane is carbon neutral at the point of combustion.

Renewable propane is molecularly identical to conventional propane. As such, you can use it in existing equipment without modification, and the fuel retains all of propane’s other emissions benefits, like containing zero methane and emitting virtually no particulate matter.

While renewable propane is not widely used in residences yet, its production is increasing rapidly.

Koppy’s Propane is your go-to PA fuel partner.

As reliable as our country’s propane supply is, you still need a dependable propane delivery partner to be confident in your home’s comfort. That’s where Koppy’s Propane comes in. We have the most reliable and professional fuel delivery team in the region. We also offer a FREE automatic delivery schedule, where our computerized system keeps track of your propane levels. Then, we deliver propane before you run low!

Become a Koppy’s Propane customer and begin receiving premium fuel from a friendly local team.