The state will double its financial commitment to low-income heating assistance, providing another 16 million dollars in aid.
Record heating bills are on the horizon this winter. The federal government has projected natural gas prices could increase as much as 77 %.
The extra help will come through a reassessment of money collected by the Department of Administration for low-income energy assistance. Money for weatherization programs will be available for heating assistance.
Governor Doyle announced the extra heating assistance during an appearance in Milwaukee Thursday. He also talked about the state's role in an eight-state effort to decrease natural gas consumption by one percent a year for five-years.
Doyle has also directed the Commerce Department to issue a variance allowing October-blend gas to be sold for the remaining days of September. The October blend gas performs better at colder temperatures.