Duke Energy Financial Aid Program, Propane Price Hikes in Minnesota, Pa. Prepare for Rising Energy Costs – Great Lakes Now



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  • Over $ 330,000 available to help with winter energy bills for Duke Energy Indiana customers

Duke Energy Indiana has set aside more than $ 330,000 for customers having difficulty paying their utility bills in the winter. Customers eligible for this assistance can receive approximately $ 300 to use for their energy bills. The company also provides these people with tips on saving energy and money. The reason this help is possible is due to Duke Energy’s Share the Light Fund, which aims to bring together struggling communities.


  • DTE Energy Receives Michigan Public Service Commission Approval to Continue Modernization of Natural Gas Infrastructure

DTE Energy plans to modernize its natural gas infrastructure and is expected to receive $ 84 million to support these efforts. Their current system supplies gas to more than one million Michigan residents. In addition, the company also currently offers various programs and forms of assistance to families who are having difficulty paying their energy bills.


  • Rural Minnesota hard hit by high propane cost

About 10% of Minnesota residents depend on propane to heat their homes during the winter. However, the price of the product has recently increased, forcing many of these people to struggle to afford it for the coming season. In fact, the price has climbed over 60% from last year. Unlike electricity or natural gas, the government does not regulate the price of propane, allowing the market to determine the price of this good.


  • Pennsylvania braces for huge energy price hikes as winter approaches

As of the start of the month, energy prices in Pennsylvania are expected to increase by up to 50% in some areas of the state. Specific companies like PPL Electric Utilities forecast a 26% increase in energy costs, while others like Pike County Light & Power could see an increase of around 50%.


  • Biden orders federal vehicles and buildings to use renewable energy by 2050

Biden demands that all government vehicles and buildings use renewable energy by 2050. His intention behind this is to help motivate and propel markets to embrace green energy. However, it could be very difficult to keep up with that timeline and achieve Biden’s specific goals.

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Featured Image: A CSX Transportation locomotive pulls a train of tank cars across a bridge over the Hudson River along Bear Mountain State Park near Fort Montgomery, NY, April 26, 2018. Railways are warning locals investors that freight shipments will continue to fall this year as the Trump administration’s trade struggles hamper exports and cheap natural gas drives coal deliveries down. CSX and Union Pacific both reported a slowdown in freight transport in the second quarter of 2021. (AP Photo / Julie Jacobson, File)



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