Propane Shortage Affecting Wisconsin

In rural parts of our state, many Wisconsinites rely on the use of propane fuel, also referred to as liquefied petroleum (LP) gas, to heat their homes.  Currently, a shortage of propane is affecting much of the country, including Wisconsin and the Midwest.  The shortage is attributable to numerous factors including an unusually cold winter, the shutdown of a pipeline that previously supplied a substantial portion of the region’s propane supply, and a fall harvest that saw increased use of propane for corn drying.

To address the shortage in Wisconsin, the Governor has issued executive orders relaxing certain trucking regulations in an effort to increase the state’s supply of propane.  Additionally, the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a declaration of emergency that will also aid propane transporters to meet demand.

The limited supply of propane is also resulting in burdensome price increases for many consumers.  Individuals affected by the shortage are encouraged to contact their county’s social services office to inquire about their eligibility for assistance under the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP).  For more information you may contact the energy assistance call center at 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947).

With more bitterly cold weather on its way, you are encouraged to check in on those you know that are using propane for their heating source.  Additionally, other recommendations include calling to schedule a delivery when your tank is 30% full to help ensure that you receive additional fuel to meet your needs and to lower the temperature in your home by a degree or two to conserve propane.

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Roach Silverback January 25, 2014 at 10:33 PM
This is so funny... You want the country life no sewage no water no natural gas! Byte me you deserve the cost cause you pay nothing sore water or sewage!
kk January 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM
® Cody Walker January 27, 2014 at 01:48 AM
Boogie man is gonna get you kk
kk January 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Oh ya having been involved in hospital care I have been in touch with a lot of boogers including TD! I have come to view this as a poster child for Chucklebee!
® Cody Walker January 27, 2014 at 06:47 PM
And you are still clueless on mining/drilling/resource extraction. But keep blaming that boogie man
kk January 27, 2014 at 09:28 PM
Learned about in engineering school and how it is used to force control on the slaves.
kk January 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Yes by TROLLing through life of hard knocks!
® Cody Walker January 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Never has been in the past, don't know why you would expect it in the future. It's easier for her to blame a boogie man like the "koch brothers" than understand reality.
kk January 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM
History has proven that there has been no "shortages" just corporate greed created. But thanks for degrading females!
® Cody Walker January 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Typical leftie, trying to play a victim.
yomammy January 29, 2014 at 08:31 AM
and its Bushes fault...still
kk January 29, 2014 at 08:51 AM
No "I'm not a crook", check your history!
yomammy January 31, 2014 at 01:14 PM
you do realize that because of this BS "shortage", they will keep prices high from now on...
Roach Silverback February 02, 2014 at 11:16 AM
F you all it's fords fault!
W . Benz February 03, 2014 at 09:56 AM
The Pale Rider and his other self Cody Walker ------ Moron !!! This guy Trolls Patch picking fights -- Menomonee Falls Patch - Shorewood Patch --- ect ect -- even out in California . --------------- NUT JOB ---------------
® Cody Walker February 03, 2014 at 02:17 PM
dem sound like fightin words question mark
Roach Silverback February 03, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Dam trolls go back to your bridge creeper


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