WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- More energy planning to avoid another propane crisis is coming from Governor Scott Walker.
Walker told a group at the Wausau Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that he was prompted by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to lead the Midwest Governor’s Association. Walker said he would do it on one condition, and that was to make propane the top agenda item. “Every year, the Chair has an agenda item, and I said as long as my agenda item can be on exclusively on making sure we don’t have a propane shortage in the future.”
Wisconsin’s Governor believes the states can do a better job of improving off-peak delivery of fuel to avoid shortages and save farmers, businesses, and homeowners money. “Part of my goal as the leader of the Midwest Governors is do everything from early on in the season to work with our Farm Bureau and other farm organizations to see if we can’t get farmers to purchase propane earlier without having to carry the debt load with that, so they can fill that up for the propane they’re going to need in the fall if they have a wet corn crop or otherwise, and to work with more storage sites.”
Walker would like to see an expansion of natural gas pipelines to rural areas to lower the demand on propane. “I think there’s an opportunity to work with local governments and utilities to allow greater access to natural gas, because a lot of the folks that are using propane today are not on a line that can get hooked up to natural gas in rural parts of the state. When we get more access points, it relieves some of the pressure there.”
Walker says the propane crisis of this winter is just one example of why America needs a sound energy policy. “Here in Wisconsin and really, across the country, we need to have an energy policy. We don’t really have that. We have selected pieces of priorities toward wind or solar or other things. I don’t have anything against them. I just think we can’t limit. We’ve got to have all of the above.”
Scott Walker also supports completing the Keystone Pipeline, and has discussed possible improvements to another pipeline that feeds a refinery in Superior, Wisconsin from Canada. He is also in favor of expanding cleaner coal technology and use.