MPSC Awards Grants from Vulnerable Household Warmth Fund

Contact:  Judy Palnau, 517-241-3323
Agency:  Michigan Public Service Commission

December 20, 2011 - The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today awarded grants from the Vulnerable Household Warmth Fund (VHWF), while vacating three previous orders dealing with grants from the Low-Income and Energy Efficiency Fund (LIEEF).

The orders that vacate previous orders dealing with the LIEEF were issued in light of a July 21 Court of Appeals decision that determined the administration of the LIEEF "does not fall within the scope of the PSC's general statutory powers."

On Dec. 15, 2011 the legislature passed, and today the Governor signed, a package of bills that authorized the creation of the Vulnerable Household Warmth Fund (VHWF) for the purpose of providing payment or partial payment of bills for electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or any other type of fuel used to heat the primary residence of a vulnerable customer during the 2011-2012 heating season, and a supplemental appropriation allocating $23 million to the VHWF on a one-time basis.  The legislation directs the Commission "to award grants to entities, other than the department of human services, and reduced on a pro rata basis consistent with the public service commission's June 28, 2011 order awarding low‑income energy assistance grants in docket no. U-13129."

Based on the above, the MPSC today awarded the following grants from the VHWF in Case No. U-16917:

  • Barry County United Way - $127,778 to provide payment or partial payment of bills for electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or any other type of fuel used to heat the primary residence of a vulnerable customer in Barry County during the 2011-2012 heating season.
  • Downriver Community Conference - $851,852 to provide payment or partial payment of bills for electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or any other type of fuel used to heat the primary residence of vulnerable customers in Wayne and Monroe counties during the 2011-2012 heating season.
  • Lighthouse Emergency Services - $255,556 to provide payment or partial payment of bills for electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or any other type of fuel used to heat the primary residence of vulnerable customers in Oakland county during the 2011‑2012 heating season.
  • Michigan Community Action Agency Association - $2,129,630 to provide payment or partial payment of bills for electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or any other type of fuel used to heat the primary residence of vulnerable customers throughout the state during the 2011-2012 heating season.
  • The Salvation Army - $6,708,333 to provide payment or partial payment of bills for electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or any other type of fuel used to heat the primary residence of vulnerable customers throughout the state during the 2011-2012 heating season.
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of the Archdiocese of Detroit - $681,481 to provide payment or partial payment of bills for electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or any other type of fuel used to heat the primary residence of vulnerable customers in Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties during the 2011-2012 heating season.
  • The Heat and Warmth Fund - $9,689,814 to provide payment or partial payment of bills for electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or any other type of fuel used to heat the primary residence of vulnerable customers throughout the state during the 2011‑2012 heating season.
  • TrueNorth Community Services (formerly known as Newaygo County Community Services) - $2,555,556 to provide payment or partial payment of bills for electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, or any other type of fuel used to heat the primary residence of vulnerable customers in Benzie, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Wexford counties during the 2011-2012 heating season.

The MPSC also today issued three orders (all in docket U-13129) vacating its June 16 order awarding a $5 million grant to the Michigan Community Action Agency Association; its June 28 order awarding a $5 million grant to the Clean Energy Coalition; and its June 28 order awarding $62 million in grants, all from the LIEEF.

 

Separately, $35 million was appropriated directly by the Michigan Legislature to the Michigan Department of Human Services for use in their State Emergency Relief program.

 

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

 

Case Nos. U-16917, U-13129, U-13129 and U-13129

 

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