Economics Explored
Economics Explored
Sep 19, 2023
Exploring the Energy Transformation: A Conversation with Tucker Perkins, Propane Education & Research Council - EP206
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Tucker Perkins, head of the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), talks about the energy transformation we are currently experiencing with Economics Explored host Gene Tunny. Tucker advocates for renewable propane and for other sustainable liquid fuels in the future energy mix. The conversation also touches on the potential role of nuclear energy in achieving net zero emissions. 

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About this episode’s guest: Tucker Perkins

Tucker is the president and chief executive officer of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), and his vision for the future is best explained by his own podcast’s title: “Path to Zero.” A firm believer that climate change is real and man-made,Tucker advocates for all energy solutions that will create a cleaner and healthier environment today and into the future. 

Zero emissions is a goal we can all get behind,but how do we meet the world’s growing energy demands AND reduce carbon in the atmosphere? Tucker believes the best and most realistic wayforward is a wide path that incorporates renewables and clean liquid fuels, such as propane, to accelerate decarbonization and reach our climate goals as soon as possible.

Tucker’s insights and theories are backed by his 30+ years of work in the propane industry. He operated his own propane retail company, Premier Propane, and has held executive positions at Columbia Propane, CleanFuel USA and Inergy Propane. Tucker is active with many industry organizations, including the National Propane Gas Association, World LP Gas Association, Industrial TruckAssociation and Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.

What’s covered in EP206

  • [00:05:43] Energy transformation and low carbon fuels. 
  • [00:09:24] Propane-powered trucks and environmental impact. 
  • [00:13:30] Cruise ships moving to LNG. 
  • [00:18:21] The role of gas in the energy transformation. 
  • [00:21:13] Choosing cleaner energy options. 
  • [00:33:16] Nuclear power and the grid. 
  • [00:38:40] Energy transformation and renewable fuels.

Links relevant to the conversation

Tucker’s Path to Zero podcast

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