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Suburban Propane and Oberon Fuels launch Propane+rDME

Suburban Propane and Oberon Fuels launch Propane+rDME
On April 27, 2022 representatives from Oberon FuelsSuburban 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 officiated by Dr Rebecca Boudreaux (left) Oberon Fuels, and Michael Stivala, Suburban Propane Partners along with a brief speaking program, and facility tour to see the equipment used to blend propane and rDME (photo courtesy Suburban Propane).

In the United States (US), Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., a nationwide distributor of propane, fuel oil, and related products and services, has announced the commercial launch of Propane+rDME. This new product combines versatile, and abundantly available propane with the renewable, low-carbon benefits of renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), produced by Oberon Fuels, to help create a pathway for lowering emissions to meet aggressive carbon reduction standards.

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This innovative new product is the first commercially available blend of either conventional, 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.

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.

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.

Blending renewable DME (rDME) with propane can reduce the emissions profile and fits readily with existing storage, transportation, and fueling infrastructure. 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 said Dr Rebecca Boudreaux, President and CEO of Oberon Fuels.

The commercial launch of Propane+rDME launch is part of Suburban Propane’s Go Green 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.

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, Michael Stivala said.

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