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    Subdivision 1. Establishment. The commissioner of commerce shall operate, or contract to
operate, a propane fuel prepurchase fuel program. The commissioner may contract at any time of
the year to purchase the lesser of one-third of the liquid propane fuel consumed by low-income
home energy assistance program recipients during the previous heating season or the amount
that can be purchased with available funds. The propane fuel prepurchase program must be
available statewide through each local agency that administers the energy assistance program.
The commissioner may decide to limit or not engage in prepurchasing if the commissioner finds
that there is a reasonable likelihood that prepurchasing will not provide fuel-cost savings.
    Subd. 2. Hedge account. The commissioner may establish a hedge account with
realized program savings due to prepurchasing. The account must be used to compensate
program recipients an amount up to the difference in cost for fuel provided to the recipient if
winter-delivered fuel prices are lower than the prepurchase or summer-fill price. No more than ten
percent of the aggregate prepurchase program savings may be used to establish the hedge account.
    Subd. 3. Report. The Department of Commerce shall issue a report by June 30, 2008, made
available electronically on its Web site and in print upon request, that contains the following
    (1) the cost per gallon of prepurchased fuel;
    (2) the total gallons of fuel prepurchased;
    (3) the average cost of propane each month between October and the following April;
    (4) the number of energy assistance program households receiving prepurchased fuel; and
    (5) the average savings accruing or benefit increase provided to energy assistance households.
History: 2007 c 57 art 2 s 12

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