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Wed January 29, 2014
Governor Pence Declares Energy Emergency
Governor Mike Pence has declared an energy emergency in Indiana as the state faces a severe propane shortage. He announced Wednesday the state will provide more support for low-income Hoosiers facing increased energy prices.
High demand, extreme winter weather and transportation issues have combined to create a severe propane shortage in Indiana. Pence says the series of steps the state is taking to address the shortage include extending an earlier proclamation easing restrictions on hours of service for propane transporters until March.
Indiana will also expedite permit applications and waive fees on oversize and overweight loads carrying propane while suspending load limitations for propane suppliers.
Pence says citizens also need to do their part.
“We want to urge every Hoosier to do what you can to conserve your use of propane energy," Pence said. "Turn down the thermostat – if you’re away from home, turn it down a little bit more than you usually would.”
Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says the state is also putting more dollars into the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP provides money for energy costs to Hoosiers below a certain income level – around $35,000 for a family of four.
“Allowing those who are out of or nearly out of propane the ability to increase their benefit from $400 through this winter season that ends at the end of March to $550,” Ellspermann says.
Ellspermann adds farmers should check their propane supplies and encourages them to return any excess reserves to local suppliers.