Michigan Agency for Energy
Rick Snyder, Governor
Anne Armstrong Cusack, Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 3, 2018
Contact: Nick Assendelft 517-284-8300
Customer Assistance: 800-292-9555
Michigan Agency for Energy warns of dangers with free natural gas service
LANSING, Mich. – Farmers and rural property owners have just two weeks left to apply for up to $1,500 in incentives under the Michigan Agency for Energy’s (MAE) Farm Tap Appliance Rebate Program.
MAE is urging people who have free natural gas service through a “farm tap” to discontinue using unregulated and odor-free gas and sign up with a local energy provider. The Farm Tap Appliance Rebate Program ends on Dec. 17.
“Time is running out for users of farm taps to qualify for up to $1,500 in rebates to be used to replace appliances that may have been damaged by untreated farm tap natural gas,” said Anne Armstrong Cusack, executive director of MAE. “We strongly encourage those with farm taps to abandon these possibly dangerous hookups and work with an energy provider in your area who can assure safe service to your home or business.”
The Farm Tap Appliance Rebate Program offers up to $1,500 to help cover the cost of new, safer, and more efficient appliances. The rebates can be used on oven ranges, hot water heaters, furnaces, clothes dryers, or smart energy devices.
To qualify for the rebate, property owners must show they have permanently terminated their service with a free farm tap natural gas provider and established an account with a local utility, or a provider of propane or wood pellets.
Call MAE at (517) 284-8330 or the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) at (800) 292-9555 with questions about free farm taps or the Farm Tap Appliance Rebate Program. A link to the rebate program application form can be found on the MAE website at www.michigan.gov/energy.
Farm taps are service lines that are connected to natural gas pipelines, equipment, or wells. If the proper safety devices are not installed and maintained on the lines, a farm tap can pose a risk to rural residents:
For more information about farm tap dangers, read this column by MAE’s Armstrong Cusack.
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