Minn. hotline set up to deal with propane issues during shortage will be open this weekend

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 31, 2014 - 6:00 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota hotline will be open this weekend to help residents deal with propane issues during an ongoing shortage.

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comment229Jan. 31, 14 4:32 AM

The question of the day is "what do cabbage patch dolls and propane have in common?" Let me make one more point as well... The price of propane went up three times the cost for a friend of mine who just put in a small amount of the product.... Remember that.. three times the cost. Now, when there is a glut of propane, does the cost of a gallon go to one third of the cost?

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thatisright1Jan. 31, 14 7:06 AM

No doubt there is price gouging occurring right now on the open market. But, people need to take advantage of preseason price contracts so you can lock in your costs. I know some propane companies have not been honoring the contracts, but these companies are in the minority and are operating illegally. Reputable companies that locked in preseason price contracts have enough propane to service their customers that locked in a price.

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dirletonJan. 31, 14 7:34 AM

How much of that $15.8 million Fed. money is going to wind up in corrupt pockets?

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mtkamacJan. 31, 14 8:40 AM

I live in the country and use propane to heat my house - I was fortunate enough to lock in at $1.52 a gallon this year - much less than the $4.89 it's selling for right now. What I can't figure out is why heating with propane is regulated the same way heating with natural gas is - the Minnesota Utilities Commission must approve rate increased for natural gas cmopanies (and electricity) - imagine if they could just increase the cost of NG by more than three times for everyone who heats their home with NG? Why do some home-owners have protection against massive heating cost increases, while others are at the whim of the big gas companies?

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dewarfJan. 31, 14 8:49 AM

The $15.8M of Fed monies should go a long way in helping these folks that really need it. Nice to be able to help in time of crisis. I'd like to see a final accounting at the end of March as to just how many homes needed help and received it and at what final cost.

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eprewittJan. 31, 14 9:20 AM

Just saw some one say 4.89 per gallon, out in Annandale we are getting nailed for $5.27 it is ridiculous!

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thepointJan. 31, 14 9:45 AM

Contracted (locked-in)prices may offer some protection, but many folks pre-buy for a variety of reasons. So when you have exhausted the gallon-amount of the pre-buy, you are getting thrown to the lions. I just paid $6.00 per gallon for 100 gallons. With the weather this winter it's understandable that homes are using 20 or 30% more than past years, so folks are blowing through the pre-buy amounts and it's leaving them very vulnerable to the price gouging. I agree with the writer who said that the public utilities commission should offer some protection for propane for home heating, just as they do for those using electricity and natural gas. I also think this situation is going to be increasingly common with a commodity that has a market overseas, whereas as we cannot to-date export electricity or natural gas.

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kallman11Jan. 31, 14 9:47 AM

Hmmm... 15.8 million divided by 80 is $197,500. I wonder if those that control prices of this commodity are looking at this government "aid" as a real incentive to lower the price. Let's remember that's our money folks.

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cycleferterJan. 31, 14 9:58 AM

Can anyone explaing what the $15.8 million will be used for? To subsidize the homeowners, to put a ceiling on the cost or to run another outreach program?

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