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MPSC: Energy Assistance Available for Low-Income Utility Customers at 14 Michigan Organizations

Contact:  Judy Palnau, 517-241-3323
Agency:  Michigan Public Service Commission   

January 7, 2014 – The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today said that the 14 organizations that received $89,615,000 in grants are now assisting eligible low-income customers.  

"The severe cold temperatures Michigan is experiencing has put a strain on many low-income customers' utility budgets," said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. "All 14 organizations that were awarded $89 million in grants are now assisting eligible utility customers. I encourage customers to call 2-1-1 or their utility to inquire about assistance that may be available to them."

The 14 organizations that received grants and the counties they serve are listed here.

A majority of the grant funds will be expended by the organizations during the "crisis season" that begins November 1 and ends May 31. Low-income households are encouraged to seek assistance during that time.

The $89 million in grants is funded through $50 million collected through a low-income energy assistance funding factor approved by the MPSC; and $40 million in Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds provided by DHS.

More information is available on the MPSC's Be WinterWise website, which features important information on how to reduce energy usage during the heating months, how to avoid shut-offs, and ways to get assistance with bills.

The Be WinterWise website is located at:

The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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