Attorney General To Propane Suppliers: No Price Gouging

Propane in winter

A propane user checks his tank. (File photo)

LANSING, Mich. (March 5, 2014) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette sent a warning Wednesday to the state’s propane providers warning them against “unscrupulous behavior” regarding prices while propane remains in short supply.

Area dealers and customers have told FOX 17 how propane supplies have dropped and prices have risen.

“Suppliers be warned: we are watching and will not hesitate to take action if the law is broken,” Shuette said in a release. The Michigan Consumer Protection Act says that prices cannot be “grossly in excess of the price at which similar property or services are sold.” It is also illegal for anyone to agree to fix prices.

But customers who have price-guarantee contracts may see price increases after their contracts run out, which is perfectly legal, the release noted. Prices for propane are currently around $3.20 a gallon around the state, though contracted prices are likely to be much lower.

Anyone who believes price gouging is taking place is asked to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 877-765-8388 or file an online complaint at http://www.michigan.gov/ag

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

1 Comment

  • Nicole Cleveland

    I go through excel propane and was royaly screwed over by them. Your not aloud to order peopane till your under 20%. Well i called them on friday (when i was at 18%), and was told they would deliver monday morning. Monday came and went with no proapane. So we called and they said they would now be there tuesday morning. Well no propane in the morning,..i left to pick my sick daughter up from school 10 min away and when i returned there was a truck there,..this is at 130 now as im walking up the delivery driver says.” Your out of propane i need to do a pressure test and relight your pilots,..thats going to be another 70$”…what?!?….if you were here when you said you were going to be i wouldnt be getting charged this extra now….they pretty much told me to suck it =(