Kasich declares energy emergency

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Coming off of freezing temperatures two weeks ago and now with bitter cold temperatures once again in the forecast, Governor John Kasich is asking for federal regulators to help with getting heating oil and propane to Ohio homes.

Governor declares State of Energy Emergency

Kasich declared a State of Energy Emergency Monday because of low regional propane inventories and inclement weather that is causing longer driving times and working hours for those that deliver propane and heating oil. To read the declaration, click here.

Kasich’s declaration would allow drivers to operate outside of federal mandated guidelines for hours of service. Right now, drivers can only work 14 hours a day and drive for 11 hours. The declaration could temporarily exempt some drivers from the guidelines during the inclement weather.

What propane and heating oil customers can do

Paul Lyden, vice president of Lyden Oil Company, Youngstown, said customers can avoid a delay in getting heating services by planning ahead before forecasted drops in temperatures take place.

Lyden said with an outside temperature of 32 degrees, a typical home with a thermostat set at 68 to 70 degrees will burn about five to seven gallons of fuel oil a day. He said a regular check of the gauge on the heating oil tank, prior to drastic dips in temperatures, is critical.

“It’s the easiest thing to do. It works just like a gas gauge in a car. Check your gauge, plan for the weather. When the tank is half full, that’s the time to order,” said Lyden. “There really isn’t a shortage of heating oil, but the demand is very high.”

Census data indicates about 6 percent of Ohio households are heated primarily using propane, and only 8 percent of homes across the United States use home heating oil.

Temperatures are forecasted to drop

Cold air continues to move in as an arctic cold front pushes south of the Valley. Scattered snowfall is expected to accumulate to about 1″ in most locations with higher amounts in Columbiana County.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the single digits overnight with wind chills as low as minus 15 degrees Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

For a complete forecast, click here.

Stay ahead of the storm.  Click here for interactive radar.

If you are viewing on a mobile device, click here for interactive radar.

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