Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 2, 2021
Nine community service agencies have received funding to help Michiganders who fall behind on household energy bills as another home heating season kicks in.
The agencies were recently approved for $54.5 million in Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) grants by the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The MEAP program is funded by the Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund (LIEAF), which raises money through a monthly surcharge assessed by participating utilities, this year set by the MPSC at 87 cents. Additional funding for MEAP grants comes from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Listed below are the grant recipients, the amount each received, and their service areas:
Grant recipient agencies emphasize helping the lowest-income households that have the highest energy burden. More than 52,000 households in Michigan received MEAP assistance in the funding period that ended Sept. 30.
MEAP grant agencies also serve as MI Bridges navigators to help applicants with payments that can be used to meet home heating and electricity costs at primary residences. Assistance can cover full or partial payment of one or more bills for electric, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or any other deliverable fuel used to provide heat. Grant agencies will also provide energy self-sufficiency services, such as weatherization improvements, to reduce energy waste in homes.
The MPSC urges customers struggling to afford their energy costs because of the pandemic or other reasons to be proactive. Many utilities offer flexible payment plans. Contact your utility company or propane supplier as soon as you know you will be unable to pay your bill on time, and don't wait for a shutoff notice or put yourself in a situation where you might run out of fuel.
If you need assistance:
Michiganders can take steps to cut home energy costs by reducing energy waste and smarter use of energy:
For more information about MEAP, visit the MPSC's MEAP page. For information about the MPSC, visit www.Michigan.gov/MPSC, sign up for its monthly newsletter or other listservs, or follow the Commission on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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