Propane: A Solution for Remote Towns

Aaron Foyer

Sponsored by the Canadian Propane Association

Propane as a fuel for northern and remote communities

Canada has many northern and remote communities that are challenging to power, including 170 Aboriginal communities (First Nations, Innu, Inuit, or Métis). Roughly 100,000 Canadian homes are not connected to the national electric grid, with most northern and remote communities getting their electricity from carbon-intensive diesel generators.

Propane can help reduce emissions from northern communities, while still providing safe, reliable energy.

About Propane

Propane is a colorless, odorless gas that is commonly used as a fuel for heating, cooking, and other applications. It is a hydrocarbon gas and is a member of the three-carbon alkane series.

Propane is derived from natural gas processing and petroleum refining. It is stored and transported as a liquid under pressure, which allows it to be easily transported in tanks and cylinders. When the pressure is released, the propane vaporizes and can be used as a gas.

One of the most common uses of propane is as a fuel for heating and cooking in homes and businesses. It is also used as a fuel for vehicles, particularly in rural areas where there may not be access to other fuel sources. Propane is also used in industrial processes, such as forklifts and other machinery.

Propane is considered a clean-burning fuel and is generally safe to use. However, it can be dangerous if not handled properly, as it is flammable and can cause fires or explosions. For this reason, it is important to follow all safety precautions when handling propane, such as ensuring proper ventilation and storing propane tanks in a safe location.

Propane is widely available and is used throughout the world. It is often used as a backup fuel for generators and other emergency equipment, as well as for grilling and other outdoor activities.

Key stats:

1.5 million – Number of Canadian homes using wood as their main energy source

2.0 million – Number of Canadian homes using heating oil as their main energy source Source: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)