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Gov. Evers signs executive order declaring an energy emergency

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Posted at 2:06 PM, Dec 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-22 16:27:34-05

MADISON (NBC 26) — With the possibility of power outages as the current winter storm sweeps through, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has declared an energy emergency.

The executive order will allow for a "swift and efficient" delivery of fuel products, as well as streamlined restoration efforts if there are significant power outages throughout the state.

"Due to the below-average temperatures, accumulating and blowing snow throughout the state, deliveries of liquid fuels for home heating shipped by truck, barge, and particularly rail, are limited," Gov. Evers said in a statement. "Additionally, since Wisconsin had several weather-related power outages recently, and more could occur from this weather event due to downed trees and ice on lines, eliminating barriers for energy emergency responders is essential, especially for out-of-state line workers."

Several liquid-fuel terminals in Wisconsin have reported limited product supplies for distribution, and utilities indicated the potential for mutual aid response from out of state, according to the Public Service Commission's Office of Energy Innovation.

“Over the past days and weeks, Wisconsinites across the state have braved the snow and ice storms, with more the next couple of days, combined with high winds and extremely cold temperatures. The health, welfare, and safety of our neighbors depend on access to fuel for home heating,” said Gov. Evers. “Getting liquid fuel products moving now to those who need it and making it as easy as possible for utility crews to restore power, if needed, will help our folks stay safe.”

The executive order will provide a 10-day waiver from specific federal and state requirements for those providing energy emergency response supplies. This will allow fuel suppliers to get caught up from weather-related delays, as well as quicker arrival of out-of-state utility restoration workers.