Skip Navigation
Michigan Public Service CommissionMichigan.gov, official Web site for the State of Michigan
Michigan.gov Home
close print view

MPSC: Propane Supply to Upper Peninsula Faces Additional Challenges

Contact:  Judy Palnau, 517-241-3323
Agency:  Michigan Public Service Commission   

January 17, 2014 - The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today said that the widespread shortage of propane will face additional challenges next week when a facility in Rapid River, Mich. shuts down because of pipeline work in Wisconsin.  The pipeline supplies propane to the Rapid River facility.  Propane inventories in the region are 43 percent below this time last year.

While the propane situation in the Upper Peninsula is more pronounced, it also affects the Lower Peninsula. An estimated 9 percent of households in Michigan use propane as the primary space heating fuel.

"An already tight supply of propane will get even tighter beginning next week and lasting through at least the end of the month," said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. "That means propane customers in the Upper Peninsula should use their propane supplies wisely in the coming weeks by reducing usage and avoiding energy waste."

Factors contributing to the propane shortage include a late, wet harvest season (propane is used for drying corn.), extreme cold temperatures, heavy snowfall, pipeline disruptions/shutdowns, a rail closure in Canada, and difficult driving conditions.

Governor Rick Snyder on Dec. 20, 2013 declared a state of energy emergency for propane. On January 10, the Governor issued a second executive order declaring a state of energy emergency for both propane and heating oil through Jan. 31. The executive orders exempt motor carriers and drivers transporting propane and heating oil within Michigan from hours-of-service regulations and requirements. Nationwide, 24 states have declared similar propane energy emergencies.

For tips on how to reduce energy usage, visit the MPSC's BeWinterWise website: Michigan.gov/bewinterwise

The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

For more information about LARA, please visit www.michigan.gov/lara. Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/michiganLARA, “Like” us on Facebook or find us on YouTube www.youtube.com/michiganLARA.


                                                                            ### 

Related Content
 •  MPSC: Harbor, Inc. in Emmet County Becomes Tenth Michigan Community to Earn "Connected" Broadband Status, Making High-Speed Internet a Priority
 •  MPSC Approves More than $89 million in Michigan Energy Assistance Program Grants
 •  MPSC Issues New Consumer Tips Sheet for Propane Customers
 •  MPSC Issues Net Metering Report Showing a Steady Increase in Size of Program
 •  MPSC Directs Consumers Energy Company and DTE Electric Company to File Proposals that Examine the Cost Allocation and Rate Design Methods Used to Set Rates for Electric Customers
 •  MPSC to Host Informational Exhibit at Upper Peninsula State Fair
 •  MPSC Adopts New 2014-2015 Funding Factor for Low Income Energy Assistance Fund
 •  MPSC Approves Two Settlement Agreements Authorizing Alpena Power Company and Michigan Gas Utilities to Reconcile Their 2013 Energy Optimization Plan Costs and Revenues
 •  CORRECTION: MPSC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund Factor
 •  MPSC Seeks Public Comment on Status of Michigan's Telecommunications Relay Service for Persons with Hearing and or Speech Disabilities
 •  MPSC Approves Two Settlement Agreements Authorizing Upper Peninsula Power Company to Reconcile Its Revenue Decoupling Mechanism, Energy Optimization Costs and Revenues for 2013
 •  MPSC Approves Two Settlement Agreements Authorizing Michigan Gas Utilities to Reconcile Its Decoupling Mechanism and Uncollectibles Expenses for 2013
 •  MPSC Issues Request for Proposals for Michigan Energy Assistance Program Grants
 •  MPSC: Ogemaw County Earns "Connected" Broadband Status Making High-Speed Internet a Priority
 •  MPSC: Summer's Here and the Time is Right to Be SummerWise
 •  MPSC Approves Certain Waivers to Enable Midwest Energy Cooperative to Deploy High-Speed Internet in Unserved and Underserved Parts of Rural Michigan
 •  MPSC Approves Consumers Energy Company's Request to Eliminate Renewable Energy Surcharge
 •  MPSC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Revised Rules on Gas Pipeline Safety
 •  MPSC Approves Settlement Agreement on Proposed Transfer of Ownership by Integrys to Balfour Beatty for purchase of 100 Percent of Capital Stock of Upper Peninsula Power Company
 •  MPSC Approves Settlement Agreement Authorizing Wisconsin Electric Power Company to Implement Its 2014 Power Supply Cost Recovery Factor
QR code

Michigan.gov Home
PoliciesMichigan NewsMichigan.gov Survey

Copyright © 2014 State of Michigan