MPSC Schedules Seven Consumer Forums around the State

Contact: Judy Palnau 517-241-3323

August 25, 2011

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today announced that it will host a series of utility consumer information and assistance forums throughout Michigan from late September through early November.  The forums are designed to give consumers the latest information on electric and natural gas rates for the winter and the status of local and long distance telephone service.

"The main focus of each forum is helping utility customers," said MPSC Chairman Orjiakor Isiogu. "They will be able to get their questions answered, and local utility service providers and assistance organizations will join with the MPSC to help customers on site with any problems they may be experiencing."

One of the MPSC's three commissioners will be available at each forum to discuss these issues, explain how the Commission makes decisions, and listen to questions and comments regarding utility service.

Following is information on each upcoming forum:

Tuesday, September 27, 6 p.m.
Ontonagon Theater
311 N. Steel St.

Ontonagon, MI 49953

Wednesday, September 28, 6 p.m.
Gladstone Sports Park
900 North Bluff Dr.
Gladstone, MI 49837

Thursday, September 29, 6 p.m.
City Hall
1020 City Blvd.
Grayling, MI  49738

Thursday, October 27, 6 p.m.
Cristo Rey Community Center
1717 N. High St.
Lansing, MI 48906

Wednesday, November 2, 4 p.m.
Hamtramck High School
Community Center
11350 Charest St.
Hamtramck, MI  48212

Grand Haven
Thursday, November 3, 6 p.m.
Grand Haven Community Center
421 Columbus

Grand Haven, MI  49417

Tuesday, November 8, 6 p.m.
Parkridge Community Center
591 Armstrong
Ypsilanti, MI  48197


The forum sites are accessible, including handicapped parking.  Persons needing any accommodation to participate should contact Joel Roseberry at 517-373-1540 in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance.

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