The purpose of the MEAP is to establish and administer programs statewide that provide energy assistance and self-sufficiency services to eligible low-income households. Self‐sufficiency services include assisting participants with the following: paying their energy bills on time; budgeting for and contributing to their ability to provide for energy expenses, which may include enrollment into an affordable payment plan (APP); and utilizing energy services to optimize on energy efficiency.
If you are a consumer seeking energy assistance, you can find more information on the MiBridges application, administered by our partner agency, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Public Act 615 of the Michigan Public Acts of 2012 established the Michigan Energy Assistance Act that requires the Michigan Department of Human Services to establish and administer the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP). The purpose of the MEAP is to establish and administer programs statewide that provide energy assistance and self-sufficiency services to eligible low-income households.
Public Act 95 of the Michigan Public Acts of 2013 established the Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund (LIEAF) charging the Michigan Department of Human Services with expending money from the fund as provided by the Michigan Energy Assistance Act. The Act allows the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to annually approve a low-income energy assistance funding factor, not to exceed $50 million, to support the LIEAF.
On September 30, 2019, Public Act 87 was signed by Governor Whitmer extending the Michigan Energy Assistance Program for four years, until September 30, 2023. This ensures the availability of $50 million in LIEAF to provide energy assistance to low-income customers.