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Viewpoint: Staying warm this winter

These last few weeks have been bitter cold, even by Wisconsin standards. For many of our rural residents who depend on propane to heat their homes and businesses, historically cold weather this early in the winter causes concern.

As many know, in 2014 nearly 250,000 residents and countless businesses throughout Wisconsin experienced a severe propane crisis, which drove up the cost of propane and prevented people from keeping their homes and businesses warm during the coldest months of the year.

Currently, the U.S. Department of Energy predicts a 23 percent increase in the cost of propane per gallon in the Midwest this winter. To make sure there is no propane shortage like the one in 2014, I am calling on the DOE to take immediate action to lay out a plan to avoid a propane shortage and ensure propane remains accessible and affordable for Wisconsinites.

There are still several months of cold temperatures ahead of us, and we should be doing everything we can to make sure that Wisconsin residents are not caught off guard by increasing propane costs or low supply. I will continue working with local, state and federal officials to ensure Wisconsinites have access to affordable propane this cold winter.

If you are experiencing issues with your propane supply or have questions, reach out to my office by visiting or calling 608-782-2558.