propane http://michiganradio.org en Crews working to remove propane tanks from river http://michiganradio.org/post/crews-working-remove-propane-tanks-river <p>EVART, Mich. (AP) - State emergency officials say they are working to remove dozens of propane tanks floating in the Muskegon River as part of flood-recovery efforts in western Michigan.</p><p>State Emergency Operations Center spokesman Ron Leix said Saturday that more than 40 tanks have been retrieved by state and local crews working with propane safety experts on flat-bottom boats. He says floodwaters dislodged them from the residential properties along the river.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:29:45 +0000 Associated Press 17288 at http://michiganradio.org Crews working to remove propane tanks from river Bill Schuette enforcing popular regulations in an election year http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-schuette-enforcing-popular-regulations-election-year <p>There’s an old joke that says Republicans are the party in favor of local control, except when they aren’t, which is to say when local governments do something Republicans in the Legislature don’t like – for example, providing what they see as excessive health benefits to their employees.</p><p>Now it seems that the GOP is also the party which is aggressively in favor of the free market – except when it isn’t. And it is often convenient to be in favor of regulation in favor of the public interest in an election year.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:36:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16911 at http://michiganradio.org Bill Schuette enforcing popular regulations in an election year The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-50 <p>In This Week in Michigan Politics, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-declares-financial-emergency-royal-oak-township"> financial emergency in Royal Oak Township</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/ptsd-becomes-first-mental-health-disorder-approved-medical-marijuana-use">the approval of PTSD for medical marijuana use</a>, and how Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is going after energy companies accused of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/big-energy-companies-face-conspiracy-anti-trust-violations-michigan">drastically bringing down the prices of oil and gas land leases</a>, and why some people paid as much as $8 a gallon for propane this year.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:08:56 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16908 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics What's behind Michigan's propane emergency? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-behind-michigans-propane-emergency <p>Last month, in the midst of the polar vortex, Gov. Rick Snyder declared an energy emergency in the state as propane supplies dropped.</p><p>The shortage continues as Michiganders who rely on propane &nbsp;for their heat have to worry about getting propane – and when they do, dealing with major price increases.</p><p>What's behind the shortage? And what does it mean for the 9 to 10 percent of Michigan homes that use propane for heat?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:54:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 16510 at http://michiganradio.org What's behind Michigan's propane emergency? Michigan officials processing home heating credits http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-officials-processing-home-heating-credits <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials say they are processing credits to help low-income customers with their winter energy bills.<br /><br />The Michigan Public Service Commission said this week that state treasury officials have mailed instruction booklets and forms pertaining to the Michigan Home Heating Credits for the 2013 tax year.<br /><br />The materials also are available online and at many libraries, post offices and Department of Human Services' branch offices.<br /><br />The average credit for last year was $124.</p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 19:59:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16274 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan officials processing home heating credits Propane shortage drawing interest in Washington http://michiganradio.org/post/propane-shortage-drawing-interest-washington <p>Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter this week to President Obama to deal with the propane shortage hitting the Midwest.</p><p></p><p>Propane is in short supply this winter for several reasons. Prices have doubled in some parts of Michigan.</p><p></p><p>Joe Ross is the spokesman for the Michigan Propane Gas Association. Ross says new propane supplies are coming from as far away as Texas. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>“There’s a huge supply chain. It involves hundreds of different companies,” says Ross, “It’s not like turning on your water so you can get more.”]</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16267 at http://michiganradio.org Propane shortage drawing interest in Washington Wisconsin shutdown worsens propane shortage in UP http://michiganradio.org/post/wisconsin-shutdown-worsens-propane-shortage <p>MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Michigan utility regulators say Upper Peninsula residents whose supplies of propane already are running short face new challenges this week with the closing of a Wisconsin facility for maintenance.<br /><br />The Michigan Public Service Commission says that inventories in the region are 43 percent below their level of one year ago.<br /><br />Commission Chairman John Quackenbush says "propane customers in the Upper Peninsula should use their propane supplies wisely in the coming weeks by reducing usage and avoiding energy waste."<br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 01:32:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16086 at http://michiganradio.org Wisconsin shutdown worsens propane shortage in UP Michigan's governor declares energy emergency http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-declares-energy-emergency <div align="left"><p>Gov. Rick Snyder has declared an energy emergency in the state due to a temporary heating oil and propane shortage.</p><p></p><p>The shortage was caused by a huge spike in demand due to the extreme cold and heavy snowfalls that delayed deliveries.</p><p></p><p>The governor's order suspends regulations on how many hours and how many consecutive days the fuel delivery drivers can work.</p><p></p><p>The order will in effect until January 31st unless the Governor rescinds it earlier.</p></div><p></p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:46:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15978 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor declares energy emergency