Governor Calls For Propane Supply, Price Supports
January 30, 2014 — Indiana Public Broadcasting —
Governor Mike Pence has declared an energy emergency in Indiana as the state faces a severe propane shortage. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the governor announced today (Wednesday) the state will provide more support for low-income Hoosiers facing increased energy prices:
High demand, extreme winter weather and transportation issues have combined to create a severe propane shortage in Indiana. Governor Pence says the series of steps the state is taking to address the shortage include extending an earlier proclamation easing restrictions on hours of service for propane transporters until March. Indiana will also expedite permit applications and waive fees on oversize and overweight loads carrying propane while suspending load limitations for propane suppliers. Pence says Hoosier citizens also need to do their part:
“We want to urge every Hoosier to do what you can to conserve your use of propane energy. Turn down the thermostat – if you’re away from home, turn it down a little bit more than you usually would.”
Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says the state is also putting more dollars into the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP [LIE-heap] provides money for energy costs to Hoosiers below a certain income level – around 35 thousand dollars for a family of four:
“Allowing those who are out of or nearly out of propane the ability to increase their benefit from four hundred dollars through this winter season that ends…at the end of March to 550 dollars.”
Ellspermann says farmers should check their propane supplies and encourages them to return any excess reserves to local suppliers.