The popular yellow EnergyGuide labels listed with many consumer appliances provide valuable operating cost and energy use information to the public.

And if the propane industry gets its way, these appliance labels will show additional data that positions LP gas-fueled appliances favorably, especially against electricity.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sets energy-efficiency standards for appliances in residential and commercial buildings based on site measurements, or at the point of use. The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), among other groups, has been pushing for a full-fuel-cycle (FFC) measure of energy consumption at the federal level. This measure considers the energy consumed in extracting, processing and transporting primary fuels through its point of use and, according to proponents, provides a more accurate portrayal of energy use and emissions.

“Full fuel cycle goes back to the extraction of liquids out of the ground,” says Michael Caldarera, vice president of regulatory and technical services for NPGA.

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