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Gov. Walker urges low-income Wisconsinites to think about propane now

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker Friday urged thousands of low-income Wisconsinites who use propane fuel to file applications with the state now for federal heating aid.

A propane shortage at the start of this year resulted in skyrocketing prices for the fuel -- and Walker said similar factors could repeat themselves this winter.

Walker said his administration would start processing applications now for propane fuel aid in the Wisconsin Housing and Energy Assistance Program -- rather than waiting until October when the program normally begins.

The governor said the applications would estimate the benefits to be given, and the state would lock in those propane prices while they're at cheaper levels for the summer.

Long periods of sub-zero cold, a pipeline closure, and a heavy usage of the fuel for crop drying all contributed to prices that went way above $5 a gallon.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)