Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order Wednesday that will give Minnesota fuel transporters emergency relief from regulations. The order will help to address the high demand for propane due to the onset of winter and recent powerful storms across the state. About 10 percent of Minnesota households use propane as their primary heating fuel, more commonly in rural areas.
Recent weather events and road closures severely impeded travel, including the transportation of propane, according to the governor’s office. Those closures led to a backlog of propane deliveries, compounded by increased energy consumption due to sub-zero temperatures.