CORRECTION: MPSC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund Factor

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

July 8, 2014 - The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today said it is seeking public comment on its proposed 97-cent monthly funding factor for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund, down from the current 99-cent funding factor for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The MPSC, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) awards grants from the fund to organizations that assist low-income utility customers.

On May 13, the Commission issued an order reminding all affected utilities of the July 1 deadline to file information needed to determine the funding factor for the upcoming fiscal year. Public Act 95 of 2013 requires the MPSC to calculate a funding factor that will not exceed $50 million.

The funding factor is based on the number of meters provided by utilities that intend to participate in the program. Utilities that do not participate in the program are prohibited from shutting off service to any residential customers from Nov. 1 to April 15 for nonpayment of a delinquent account. Based on the information filed by the utilities, the Commission calculates a funding factor of 97 cents per meter per month for the coming 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Utilities that filed notice of their intent to participate in the program are: Northern States Power Company, Alpena Power Company, Consumers Energy Company, DTE Electric Company, Indiana Michigan Power Company, Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association, Midwest Energy Cooperative, Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-op, and Thumb Electric Cooperative.

Utilities that filed notice of their intent to opt-out of the program are: Upper Peninsula Power Company, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, Wisconsin Electric Power Company, d/b/a We Energies, Cloverland Electric Cooperative, Great Lakes Energy Cooperative, Ontonagon County Rural Electrification Association, HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative, and Cherryland Electric Cooperative.

The Michigan Municipal Electric Association filed a notice that all of its members will be opting out, with the exception of Village of Baraga, City of Bay City, Village of Clinton, Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities, Lowell Light and Power, Marshall Electric Department, Negaunee Department of Public Works, Newberry Water and Light Board, Niles Utility Department, City of Norway, City of Petoskey, City of St. Louis, and Union City Electric Department.

Any person may submit written and electronic comments regarding the proposed funding factor. Comments should reference Case No. U-17377 and must be received no later than July 15. Written comments should be mailed to: Executive Secretary, Michigan Public Service Commission, P. O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909. Electronic comments may be emailed to All information submitted to the Commission in this matter will become public information available on the Commission’s website and subject to disclosure, and will be filed in this docket.

Case No. U-17377

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

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