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Propane industry execs don't expect another winter of supply shortages

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's propane industry does not expect the kinds of shortages we saw last winter -- when folks struggled to heat their homes as prices skyrocketed.

Chris Tews, president of the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association, says both customers and their dealers are being more pro-active. He says customers are filling their tanks earlier, to take advantage of lower prices.

Suppliers, meanwhile, are increasing their storage capacities to make sure they don't run out.

Appleton supplier Garrow Oil added enough tanks to store about 360,000 gallons of propane -- double their storage capacity from a year ago.

Tews told WBAY-TV in Green Bay that the industry learned a lot from last winter -- when shippers could not get propane quickly enough to the areas where it was needed.

The coldest temperatures in years were partially to blame for the shortage -- along with a closed pipeline, and a heavy demand by farmers to use the fuel to dry their grain.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)