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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.

Plenary Session Recording


Affordability and Customer Protections slide deck

Affordability and Customer Protections Session Recording


Customer Centered Engagement and Coordination Strategies slide deck

Customer Centered Engagement and Coordination Strategies Session Recording


Energy Waste Reduction and Weatherization Strategies slide deck

Energy Waste Reduction and Weatherization Strategies Session Recording

Board Members

Led by:

  • 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


Meeting Dates

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

Agenda | Presentation | Recording | Intersectionality of Housing and Weatherization/EWR Presentation | Intersectionality of Housing and Weatherization/EWR Recording

July 24, 2023

Agenda | Presentation | Recording | Energy Equity Gap Presentation

June 26, 2023

Agenda | Presentation | Recording | Equity and Reliability Panel Discussion

May 22, 2023

Agenda | Presentation | Recording

April 24, 2023

Agenda | Presentation | Recording | MI Healthy Climate Plan Recording

March 27, 2023

Agenda | Presentation | Recording | Energy and the Social Determinants of Health Presentation 

February 27, 2023

Agenda | Presentation | Energy Equity Framework Presentation | Energy Equity Framework Recording

January 30, 2023

Agenda | Presentation

December 5, 2022

Agenda | Presentation

November 28, 2022

No Meeting

October 24, 2022

Agenda | Presentation

September 26, 2022

Working Session

August 22, 2022

Agenda | Presentation

July 25, 2022

Agenda | Recording | Presentation

June 27, 2022

Agenda | Recording | Presentation

May 23, 2022

Agenda | Recording | Presentation

April 29, 2022 Kickoff

Agenda | Recording | Presentation | Minutes


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