The Upper Peninsula’s dependence on propane is a factor in the state’s debate over the future of the Line 5 natural gas pipeline.
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In addition to being vulnerable to volatile prices, propane users also tend not to have access to utility-funded efficiency programs.
While sky-high propane prices are causing hardships for many homeowners, they’re also helping generate interest in renewable alternatives such as wood, solar and geothermal.
Industry observers say the price and inventory issues currently straining the region are the result of a long chain of events that goes back years.