Below is a revised edition of today's Propane Dispatch which now includes the roll call link for the House Bill 1191 article. We apologize for sending this in error earlier today.
February 5, 2021
NPGA Winter Board Meeting Next Week
IPGA is hosting a virtual board and membership meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 3:00pm-5:00pm. All members are invited to attend and we encourage you to RSVP using the link below. (zoom link will be provided in your RSVP confirmation email)

30 Under 30 Young Gassers Program
Do you have an outstanding young employee? Get him or her recognized!   
 
The Young Gassers in conjunction with the National Propane Gas Association and Canadian Propane Association, is very proud to announce that the open enrollment period for the 2021 30 Under 30 program is now under way. Applications will be accepted until March 8, 2021. Good luck to all the applicants. 
 
For more information or questions regarding the program, please contact Steph Hennen. Thank you everyone for your support of Young Gassers. Here’s to a bright 2021 and an even brighter future! 
Indiana's Weather Pattern Trends Update
By John Bagioni, Fax-Alert Weather Service, LLC
In case you have not stepped outside yet today, the weather has shifted here in Indiana!  In fact, it is the coldest weather pattern of the Winter for our region. This weather shift will produce a long-running, colder than normal pattern with a couple of bitter cold arctic intrusions. Needless to say, this is likely to create a major spike in heating demand.  

To show how potent this cold regime will likely grow starting late this weekend and continuing next week, here is the 5-day temperature anomaly prediction from Saturday evening, February 6th on through Wednesday February 10th. 

The core of the cold intrusion spans from Iowa eastward into Ohio and Indiana is showing 5-day anomalies averages around 25 degrees below normal temperatures! That is one solid cold pattern. We are likely to see bitter cold conditions early next week with widespread sub-zero readings. I will continue to monitor and update this pattern evolution, but right now the message is clear! 

For the complete meteorological report, click here.

Meteorologist John Bagioni, FAX-ALERT WEATHER SERVICE, LLC 
(860) 675-9091 | john@faxalertweather.com
Indiana House Passes HB 1191
The Indiana House of Representatives has passed HB 1191 which would “ban the ban” by prohibiting a city, town or county from banning natural gas or propane hookups in the jurisdiction. The bill passed on a vote of 66-28. The roll call vote can be found by clicking here.  
 
This bill is in response to proposed gas bans seen in Berkeley, CA and Ann Arbor, MI. The bill will ensure that homeowners, builders, and business owners have access to balanced energy solutions that are efficient, affordable and clean. The IPGA and a large coalition of home builders, realtors and business interests are supporting and actively working to pass the legislation in the 2021 legislation session. 
EGLE Approves Environmental Permits for Line 5 Tunnel 
Enbridge has reached an important milestone in the Great Lakes Tunnel Project with the approval of its Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) permits. Permits from the Michigan Public Service Commission and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers are still required, but we now are a step closer to the start of tunnel construction.  
 
The Great Lakes Tunnel will encase a replacement section of Line 5 well below the lakebed, eliminating the risk of an anchor strike and virtually eliminating the potential of any release from Line 5 into the Straits.  
 
Please note, the environmental permits do not resolve Governor Whitmer’s effort to shut down Line 5’s current operations through a lawsuit on the Line 5 easement. Enbridge is challenging those efforts in federal court. Such a shutdown before the completion of the Great Lakes Tunnel Project would lead to major energy shortages in the region and severe economic consequences for Michigan, neighboring states and Canada.
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