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Low-Income Energy Policy Board
Low-Income Energy Policy Board
The Low-Income Energy Policy Board (LIEP Board) was formed after the Commission's directive to establish an advisory committee (Case No. U-20757 order) to guide and coordinate the work of the Energy Affordability and Accessibility Collaborative (EAAC) and Energy Waste Reduction Low-Income Workgroup (EWR-LI). It broadens participation of historically marginalized communities and coordinates efforts with the Governor's task forces to develop cohesive policies across state agencies. The LIEP Board functions to cross-pollinate policy and provide coordination, communication, decision making, and planning that is informed by the work of the EAAC and EWR-LI subcommittees.
The purpose of the LIEP Board is to guide the process of assessing energy affordability and accessibility holistically, especially through linking energy waste reduction services and energy assistance programs. It does this by focusing on three policy pillars including: Customer Centered Engagement & Coordination, Affordability & Customer Protections, and Low-Income Energy Waste Reduction With an overarching goal of reducing the number of households with unsustainable energy burdens, the LIEP Board has embraced the following values:
- We value affordability and inclusion in policy actions that create measurable impact.
- We achieve positive outcomes that impact home energy security, health, housing, and a healthy climate.
- We build solutions through collaboration and diversity of representation, input, experience, and knowledge.
- We act with respect, transparency, and integrity.
Low-Income Energy Policy Summit
The Commission also approved a low-energy policy summit which was held November 3, 2022. To encourage additional stakeholder input into these strategies, the MPSC held virtual report-out sessions on January 17 and 19, 2023. Thank you to those who provided comments and feedback.
- Armstrong, Anne – MPSC, EAAC leader
- McNeally, Andrew – Energy Efficiency Program Administrator, Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO)
Centered on stakeholder leaders of the EWR Low-income Steering subcommittee and EAAC subcommittees:
- Bunch, Rick – 5 Lakes Energy; Michigan Municipal Association for Utility Issues (MI-MAUI)
- Blizman, Alexis – Ecology Center
- DuBose, Briana – EcoWorks Detroit
- Kushler, Martin – ACEEE (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy)
- Leahy, Patrick – SEMCO Energy Gas Company
- Grieco, Kasey – Superior Watershed
- Parker, Briana – Elevate
- Randall, Wende – Kent County Essential Needs Task Force (ENTF)
Inclusive of those with lived experience:
- Gant-Jordan, Synia
- Touré, Marie
Enhanced with policy leaders from agencies and task forces:
- Connolly, Cory – Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
- Denson-Sogbaka, Nicole – Department of Health and Human Services
- Eubanks, Rachael A. – Department of Treasury
- Guilfoyle, Jeff – Department of Treasury
- Hammoud, Hassan – Michigan Association of United Ways and Michigan 2-1-1
- Rose, Kelly – Michigan State Housing Development Authority
- Sasy, Ninah – Department of Health and Human Services -Social Determinants of Health Strategy
- Schoenow, Kris – Bureau of Community Action and Economic Opportunity, Department of Health and Human Services”
- Slaughter, Derrell – National Resource Defense Council; Governor’s Council on Climate Solutions
Supported by Commission staff resource experts:
- Braunschweig, Elaina – Analyst, Regulated Energy Division
- Curtis, Jamie – Grant Administrator, Michigan Energy Assistance Program
- Forist, Christina – Manager, Compliance and Investigation Section
- Gould, Karen – Manager, Energy Waste Reduction
- Holley - Voelker, Reka – Manager, Communications Section
- Jones, Shatina – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
- Rittenhouse, Amy – Communications Specialist
- Thelen, Jake – Departmental Specialist, Compliance and Investigation Section
- Wilkins, Mary – Departmental Specialist, Customer Assistance Division
The regular cadence of meetings takes place on the fourth Monday of the month from 10:00 -11:30 AM. Meetings will be conducted via teleconference unless otherwise stated. Please find remote access information for upcoming meetings on our calendar of events.
August 28, 2023
July 24, 2023
June 26, 2023
May 22, 2023Agenda | Presentation | Recording
April 24, 2023Agenda | Presentation | Recording | MI Healthy Climate Plan Recording
March 27, 2023Agenda | Presentation | Recording | Energy and the Social Determinants of Health Presentation
February 27, 2023
January 30, 2023
December 5, 2022
November 28, 2022
October 24, 2022
September 26, 2022
August 22, 2022
July 25, 2022
June 27, 2022
May 23, 2022
April 29, 2022 Kickoff