UPDATE: Propane dealers try to head off another shortage

UPDATED: Monday, September 8, 2014 --- 10:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Propane dealers say they're trying to head off a repeat of last winter's supply crisis in Wisconsin by adding more storage tanks and urging customers to lock into supply contracts.

Wisconsin and other upper Midwestern states grappled with a pronounced propane shortage last winter brought on by prolonged frigid weather, a pipeline closure and heavy demand for drying crops.

Propane and agriculture industry leaders said Monday they're bracing for another wet harvest followed by a cold winter.

They say dealers have been adding storage tanks at their facilities and are working to keep residential tanks topped off going into the fall. They're also urging more customers to enter into contracts with dealers so they can lock in prices and get a better idea of what demand will look like.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 -- 4:46 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- As the summer winds down another heating season will soon arrive. And, Wisconsin propane industry leaders don't expect the kind of shortage crisis that occurred last year.

Wisconsin and other Midwestern states grappled with a propane shortage toward the end of last winter due largely to extended periods of frigid weather, a pipeline closure and heavy propane demand for drying grain.

Wisconsin Propane Gas Association President Chris Tews says the industry learned a lot from last year. It simply couldn't get enough propane where it was needed fast enough.

Tews tells WBAY-TV (http://bit.ly/1uzB0x9 ) that dealers and residents are more prepared and are being proactive this year.

Garrow Oil and Propane in Appleton added six more tanks this year and can now store 360,000 gallons of propane, twice as much as last year.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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