Gov. Snyder to Extend Energy Emergency as AG Looks into Propane Price Gouging

Posted at 5:37 AM, Jan 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-31 05:37:09-05

propane shortageLANSING, Mich. — Governor Rick Snyder is expected to issue another executive order on Friday, extending the Energy Emergency he issued for the state earlier this month.

The emergency declaration he had issued revolved around an on-going, multi-state propane shortage.  It includes an exemption for motor carriers and drivers transporting propane and heating oil within Michigan, from ‘hours of service’ regulations.  This gives them additional time to be able to make deliveries, and get more propane to those who need it.

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 price of residential propane jumped from $2.46 per gallon on December 23, to $3.61 per gallon on January 27.  That’s according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

In the meantime, Attorney General Bill Schuette is encouraging consumers who are concerned about possible price gouging to contact the Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-765-8388 or by clicking here.

Below are additional links to resources and information that consumers may find helpful during this propane shortage.

Available Energy Assistance

Reduce Usage

Heating Assistance

Alternative Heating Source Safety

Emergency Preparedness