Evers declares energy emergency in Wisconsin to help alleviate impacts to fuel delivery

Evers Declares Energy Emergency In Wisconsin To Help Alleviate Impacts To Fuel Delivery


MADISON, Wis. — For the second time this winter, Gov. Tony Evers has declared an energy emergency in Wisconsin.

In a news release Friday, Evers’ office said the latest declaration is “due to persisting challenges caused by weeks of severe winter weather and the impact it has on the distribution of residential heating fuel, including heating oil and propane.”

The declaration will give suppliers a 30-day waiver to help them catch up from weather-related delays and exempt drivers transporting fuel from state and federal hours of service restrictions. It came just hours before a waiver from the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration was set to expire, the release said.

“Over the past weeks, residents and industry alike have had to deal with the challenges of severe winter weather and its impact on everyday necessities. The health, welfare, and safety of our neighbors depend on access to fuel for home heating,” Evers said in the release. “Getting residential heating fuel like propane and heating oil moving now to those who need it will help our neighbors remain safe as we enter the next few months of winter.”

Last month, Evers declared an energy emergency as a winter storm limited fuel shipments leading up to the holidays. Meanwhile, a “significant equipment failure” involving one of its suppliers led We Energies to ask customers on Dec. 23 to temporarily take steps to cut their natural gas usage.

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