TEAM leaders from many midwestern states recently attended the Midwestern Governors Assn.'s (MGA) Propane Supply Chain Working Group Meeting focused on strengthening the propane supply chain.
The two-day meeting shared best practices and lessons learned and also discussed the Cochin pipeline reversal and other propane transportation issues. Stakeholders also met with experts from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Energy Information Administration, among others.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, chair of MGA, gave the opening remarks, in which he stressed the importance of improving the propane supply chain.
"The recent shortage demonstrates how important it is to address and review all factors affecting our propane supply. We can always do more to improve our awareness, preparedness and readiness levels, which is exactly what the MGA working group is focused on," Walker said. "The propane working group has already made strides in reviewing this past season, identifying potential action, taking next steps and developing partnerships within the industry to mitigate potential problems in the upcoming season.
"I'm very grateful to my fellow governors for engaging in this important topic and working together to find solutions to lessen the negative impacts a propane shortage has on our residents," he added.
In March, Walker was selected by a bipartisan group of midwestern governors to serve as MGA chair. Walker chose "Strengthening the Propane Supply Chain" as his initiative and primary focus.
"The propane shortage was felt by residents and businesses all throughout the Midwest this past winter, which is why I selected strengthening our propane supply chain as my MGA Chair's Initiative," Walker said. "This meeting served as a great step forward to learn about what worked, how communications can be improved and how states can help the industry with enhancing consumer awareness and industry preparedness."
In addition to this and in-person meetings planned for the future, the working group holds conference calls twice a month to enhance regional cooperation.