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Electricity Power Interruptions Remain High in 2022

According to a recent report by the Energy Information Administration, electricity customers in the U.S. averaged five and one-half hours of power interruptions in 2022. This was partially due to the fact that the U.S. experienced eighteen weather-related disasters that ultimately exceeded one billion dollars in damages per event, including Hurricane Ian, Hurricane Nicole, and Winter Storm Elliott. According to the report customers in West Virginia, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire – and the nation’s third most populated state, Florida – experienced the most interruptions in 2022.

In January 2024 both Oregon and Washington State were hit by one of the worst ice and windstorms in recent decades, leaving nearly 125,000 people without power. These events highlight the necessity of ensuring that states have ample access to energy options of their choice in order to adequately respond to unexpected disasters. Propane plays a critical role in ensuring energy security in times when inclement weather sweeps through a part of the country – from powering back-up generation when electric service is down, to powering warming centers, and disaster-aid operations. Energy security is best achieved when residents and the state alike have energy options at their disposal to rely on in the face of disaster.

For more information, please contact NPGA’s Manager of State Government Affairs, Austin Wicker.