- Some Wisconsin power companies worry a coal crisis this winter could mirror last year's propane crisis. Rural areas in Price, Taylor, and Iron Counties could be especially vulnerable.
Dairyland Power Cooperative says coal shipments used to be two or three times more frequent than they are now.
Dairyland supplies coal power to groups like the Price and Taylor Electric Cooperatives, which send power to rural homes and businesses.
If coal shipments don't pick up, energy costs could increase and be passed on to consumers. That's what happened last year with propane. Prices shot to six dollars per gallon in some places last year.
WPS provides power for most of the rest of the Northwoods. The company says they're in good shape on coal now.