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State and two utilities arrange use of propane reserves


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Wisconsin and two utilities with a propane fuel reserve will be working to help the state’s neediest citizens stay warm. 

Madison Gas and Electric and We Energies have a combined 117-thousand gallons of propane stored as a backup for various operations.

Governor Scott Walker announced the arrangement allows the state to access up to 45,000 gallons of propane from Madison Gas and Electric’s Prairie du Chien facility. They can also get up to 42,000 gallons of propane at We Energies’ Oak Creek facility, and an additional 30,000 gallons from We Energies’ Tomah facility if needed.

The state will contract for transportation of the propane from the utility sites to propane dealers where supply is needed to provide heating fuel for low-income customers. Both utilities’ supply will be replenished this summer.