Michigan Agency for Energy
The Michigan Agency for Energy's (MAE) mission is to advance an adaptable, affordable, reliable, and environmentally-protective energy future for Michigan. The MAE's work focuses on several areas:
Energy Security – Being prepared for an energy emergency or outage helps to keep our families safe and warm and our transportation running, as well as maintaining operations for Michigan’s businesses. MAE is primarily responsible for recommending declarations of energy emergencies to the governor, and also partners with a number of agencies, including the Michigan State Police, to respond to all emergencies that have energy-related components.
Energy Reliability – Keeping our state’s energy needs met for both residents and businesses is important to our state’s economy. We also need to make sure Michigan is only being charged our fair share of those expenses. MAE advocates for Michigan, often in collaboration with the Michigan Public Service Commission, to ensure we have the energy we need when we need it at a fair price.
Energy Policy and Expertise – Decision-makers need to understand the energy landscape and have access to important facts and figures about energy supplies and trends when they are evaluating new energy policies. The MAE monitors the energy industry along with regional and national trends and can be called on to provide background and expertise for energy policymakers.
Innovation and Best Practices – Finding new ways to reduce energy waste, protect the environment, and produce cleaner energy is good for the state’s future. MAE manages state and federal grant programs to encourage investment in new technologies to make our energy future more affordable and sustainable.
Regional Cooperation – The Agency plays a critical role in collaborating with regional and federal stakeholders on energy issues that stretch beyond Michigan’s borders. MAE participates in regional energy market stakeholder processes and in federal cases to advocate for policies to improve the reliability, security and affordability of energy in Michigan.
Anne Armstrong Cusack, of Grand Rapids, previously served as associate director of the Office of Urban Initiatives, working in West and Southwest Michigan as a community liaison. In this role she helped facilitate increased access to transportation and affordable housing, fostered environmental initiatives and economic development, and worked to improve relationships between various communities and local law enforcement.
Armstrong previously chaired the Michigan Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity, worked at the Michigan Department of Community Health and at Voluntary Hospitals of America, and served as a policy advisor to former Gov. John Engler, helping to design the award-winning Great Lakes Recycling Cooperative.
Armstrong holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Michigan.
The Michigan Energy Office is committed to promoting healthy communities, economic growth, and environmental sustainability through energy waste reduction (EWR) and renewable energy (RE). We engage stakeholders to inform and develop Michigan's energy future, participate in lead-by-example initiatives, and support energy literacy to develop a vibrant energy workforce.
Being prepared for an energy emergency or outage helps to keep Michigan families safe and warm and transportation running, as well as maintaining operations for Michigan’s businesses. MAE is primarily responsible for recommending declarations of energy emergencies to the governor, and also partners with a number of agencies, including the Michigan state police, to respond to all emergencies that have energy-related components.