17 May 2022

Suburban Propane Announces the Commercial Launch of Propane+rDME, a Revolutionary Low-Carbon Fuel

On the 27th April 2022 WLPGA Industry Council member, Suburban Propane, announced the commercial launch of Propane+rDME. This exciting new product combines clean, versatile and abundantly available propane with the renewable, low carbon benefits of renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), produced by WLPGA member, Oberon Fuels, to help create a pathway for lowering emissions to meet aggressive carbon reduction standards.

This innovative new product is the first commercially available blend of either traditional, or renewable propane, and rDME. The resulting blended alternative product has a lower carbon intensity and can be used as a drop-in replacement for propane engines in both on-road and off-road applications. The addition of rDME further enhances the clean air and low carbon benefits of the base fuel and allows customers to reduce their carbon footprint, while continuing to use their existing assets without the need for additional investments in equipment and infrastructure.

"At Suburban Propane, we seek out innovative solutions and investments to help lead the pathway toward a low carbon economy, and Propane+rDME is the next step in the evolution of clean alternative fuels," said Michael Stivala, President and CEO of Suburban Propane. "This low carbon energy source is just a stepping stone to a carbon-neutral, and even carbon negative, future for the propane industry. We are proud to partner with Oberon Fuels to see the culmination of our joint visions for providing solutions for a greener tomorrow. This exciting new product leverages Suburban Propane's significant infrastructure and more than 90-year legacy of safely delivering propane across the country, and Oberon's expertise as the only commercial producer of rDME in the United States."

"Blending renewable DME (rDME) with propane can reduce the emissions profile and fits readily with existing storage, transportation and fueling infrastructure," said Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., President and CEO of Oberon. "Oberon's rDME is a straightforward and scalable way for propane distributors and their customers to become more sustainable and will lead to overall emissions reductions from the propane sector which is a critical step to meeting global climate commitments."

On the 27th of April 2022, representatives from Suburban Propane invited elected officials and clean energy subject matter experts to its Placentia, CA Customer Service Center to celebrate the launch of the new Propane+rDME product with a ribbon cutting ceremony, brief speaking program, and facility tour to see the equipment used to blend propane and rDME.

Suburban Propane is committed to investing in, and fostering innovative solutions to support the economy-wide transition to a sustainable energy future through advancing the clean air and low-carbon benefits of: traditional and renewable propane; renewable dimethyl ether ("rDME"); and low-carbon intensity ("CI") blends of rDME, renewable propane and traditional propane. This launch is part of Suburban Propane's Go Green with Suburban Propane initiative promoting the clean and versatile nature of propane and renewable propane as a bridge to a green energy future and developing the next generation of renewable energy.

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Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Oberon Fuels and Michael Stivala, President and CEO of Suburban Propane take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the commercial launch of Propane+rDME, a revolutionary low-carbon energy product.