Miller-Propone Shortage



State senator Jeremy Miller says the Minnesota Department of Commerce has, starting this week, increased the maximum crisis benefit for households heating with propane or heating oil.

 Because of the ongoing shortage of propane, Miller says, the maximum benefit from the Energy Assistance Program has been increased from $500 to $1,000.

The Energy Assistance Program helps pay heating bills and furnace repairs for income-qualified households.
     
To apply for the assistance call toll-free 1-800-657-3710.

Miller says while there is no role the state can play in regulating the price of propane, state regulations on the hours of delivery of propane can be waived.

The Governor has issued orders loosening regulations on hours of delivery which are in effect until February 11th.

Governor Dayton has also declared a state of emergency because of the severe shortage of propane and other home heating fuels statewide.

Dayton issued the emergency order Monday. The order calls on the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to activate the Minnesota Emergency Operations Plan.

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