Utilities make propane available to state

File photo (WLUK/Eric Peterson)
File photo (WLUK/Eric Peterson)
MADISON - The state has made arrangements with two utilities to access more than 117,000 gallons of propane to help low-income people during the current shortage.

Under the arrangements announced Thursday, the state can access up to 42,000 gallons of propane currently stored at We Energies' Oak Creek facility, with the possibility of an additional 30,000 gallons from We Energies' facility in Tomah. Madison Gas & Electric has offered up to 45,000 gallons from its facility in Prairie du Chien.

Utilities keep supplies of propane for backup fuel and to strengthen natural gas supplies, among other reasons.

State officials say they will contract for transportation of the propane from the utilities to dealers where propane is needed to provide heat to low-income customers. The state plans to replace the propane to the utilities after the heating season.