Propane Fuels America: Vermont – LP Gas : LP Gas
LP Gas’ annual Propane Fuels America series delves into how each state benefits from the propane industry. Here is our report on Vermont.
Total Odorized Propane Requirement (2019): 113 million gallons
U.S. gallon sold rank: 33
Gallon Sales Trend: Vermont sold 99 million gallons of propane in 2017 and 113 million gallons in 2019, up 14 percent.
Census Area / Gallons Division: Northeast: 1.69 billion / New England: 775 million
Propane LPG school buses / districts and contractors: 3/1
⦁ Vermont passed an aggressive climate bill in 2020 that resulted in the formation of a climate council that will make recommendations on how the state can meet its emissions targets. According to Leslie Anderson of the Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE), the council is preventing state officials and senators from voting on remedial action on climate issues. “If this committee recommends putting a greenhouse gas tax on all combustible materials, they could put it into effect without voting on it,” she says.
⦁ While the state passed tough climate laws in 2020, the 2021 legislature has been quiet so far, Anderson says. In the meantime, PGANE has focused on speaking to government decision makers about the clean burning properties of propane and the potential of renewable propane and bio-LPG in the future.
⦁ Propane LPG is a potential growth area, with a minimal number of propane-powered school buses currently in the state. One obstacle to this market is the lack of repair facilities for propane fleets. The few who have propane-powered buses and fleets travel out of state when repairs are needed, Anderson says.
⦁ Burlington, Vermont, is the state’s most populous city and has seen a greater surge in electrification than other areas. PGANE is committed to making propane an option for new buildings – especially in residential construction.
⦁ 67 percent of the total gallons sold in Vermont are in the residential real estate market.
National association membership: Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE) /pgane.org
Programs: PGANE is working to combine the new branding of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) with the branding of the association to regionalize PERC’s message that propane is a clean energy solution.
Marquee Events in 2021: PGANE will host its Fall Meetup October 13-14 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Before COVID-19: Vermont’s propane industry contributed nearly $ 478 million to the state economy in 2018. It is too early to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s gross domestic product.
“There’s a real barrier to LPG because we’re a small state.” – Leslie Anderson, President and CEO, Propane Gas Association of New England
What’s the weather like?
Average temperature (2020): 44.8 degrees F.
Annual heating degree days, five-year average (2015-19): 7,825
U.S. average: 4,090
Sources: Propane Education & Research Councils US National and State Propane Market Profiles; Annual retail propane sales report; Propan.com; New England Propane Association; US Energy Information Administration State Energy Profiles
Editor’s Note: This article has been edited to omit the statement that eEnergy Efficient Utilities Efficiency Vermont is offering a discount to homeowners who purchase and install efficient propane stoves and boilers. Efficiency Vermont discontinued support for fossil fuel heating appliances with discounts in 2018.