ST. PAUL, Minn. – With record cold gripping much of Minnesota, farmers and families who rely on propane for heating homes, keeping animals warm and other uses have been hard struck by the rapid rise in cost as reserves dwindle. The price of propane has shot up from $1.55 a gallon to over $5 a gallon as a result of high demand and lower than average supply.
“Minnesota is well known for its cold winters, but these past few weeks have been incredibly difficult,” said Senator Kent Eken (DFL – Twin Valley). “This cold weather has put a strain on our hardworking families, businesses and farmers. Thankfully there is assistance out there, people just need to hear about it.”
Governor Dayton has declared a peacetime emergency due to the Shortage. Already, restrictions and fees to transport propane from areas such as Texas into Minnesota have been waived. Additionally the National Guard could be used to help communities and armories may open to provide safe shelter from the cold.
Minnesotans may be eligible for financial assistance to alleviate some of the burden imposed on families. The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program can be reached by calling 1-800-657-3710 or 651-539-1882.
For more information on energy assistance, people can call the Energy Assistance Program at the number listed above, or visit their website: https://mn.gov/commerce/energy/topics/financial/Energy-Assistance-Program/