Michigan Agency for Energy issues Request for Proposals for Michigan Energy Assistance Program grants

July 21 2016

Contact: Judy Palnau, 517-284-8300
Agency: Michigan Agency for Energy

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on July 19 released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a one year Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) grant. The grants will be funded by $50 million collected through a low-income energy assistance funding factor approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC); and up to $60 million in Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds provided by DHHS.

Public Act 615 of 2012, the Michigan Energy Assistance Act, requires that DHHS establish and administer the MEAP. The Act allows DHHS to use funds received from a federal energy assistance program and any funds collected or appropriated to fund the program.

The sunset date for PA 615 was recently extended to 2019.

Public Act 95 of 2013 created the Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund (LIEAF) charging DHHS with expending money from the fund as provided by the Michigan Energy Assistance Act. The Act authorizes the MPSC to annually approve a low-income energy assistance funding factor, not to exceed $50 million to fund the MEAP.

The RFP offers a one-year grant program and makes available up to $110 million. The purpose of these grants is to provide energy assistance programs that will help low-income households meet home energy costs, and provide services that will enable participants to become or move toward becoming self-sufficient.

The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. on August 10.

The RFP is located on MAE’s website.

For more information about MAE, please visit www.michigan.gov/energy.

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