State agencies prepared in case of another harsh winter
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today urged propane customers in Michigan to get their tanks filled before the heating season starts.
“Last winter was one we’ll all remember,” Snyder said. “This is especially true for some propane customers who found it challenging to find additional propane as cold temperatures lingered. That’s why now is the time to get an early fill, lock-in prices ahead of the heating season and get on a budget payment plan, if available.”
Snyder announced that various state agencies are ready to assist propane customers, should the upcoming winter put a squeeze on propane supplies again.
“To marshal every state resource, I have directed multiple state agencies to continue working together to protect the health and safety of Michigan residents as we approach the heating season,” he said.
The Michigan Energy Assistance Program, administered by the Michigan Department of Human Services, offers assistance to low-income utility customers, including propane customers. Residents in need of heating assistance with deliverable fuels are asked to call 2-1-1 or visit Michigan.gov/heatingassistance for help.
New Propane Website
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) created a new website – Michigan.gov/propane – where customers can get more details about all state-related propane programs.
New Consumer Tips Sheet
The MPSC’s new consumer tips sheet on propane provides useful information for customers to consider before the heating season begins, including a list of helpful questions to ask before signing a contract.
More Monitoring of the Propane Market
The MPSC will also now monitor wholesale propane prices throughout the state to look for any indications of price or supply problems that may be developing in specific areas, and it will continue to list the average statewide price of propane for residential customers on its website.
Alternative Fuels, Safety and Preparedness
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will continue to work with the forest products industry to identify loggers who have firewood for sale. Its website provides a link to this information.
The Michigan Department of Community Health has important information on how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning when using alternative heating sources.
The Michigan State Police provides important information on how to be prepared for emergencies.
“The state is prepared to assist propane customers, should the coming winter throw bitter cold temperatures and massive snowfalls our way again,” Snyder added. “Customers can do their part by being prepared as well. Getting an early propane fill is the first and most important step propane customers can take now.”
Nine percent of Michigan households use propane as the primary space heating fuel. Michigan ranks highest nationally in residential propane consumption and is in the top 10 for overall use, according to the Energy Information Administration. The Michigan Propane Gas Association also provides useful information.