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MPSC to hold energy assistance fair April 18 in Gaylord; seeks input on energy affordability and accessibility

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The first in a series of Michigan Public Service Commission energy assistance fairs and customer listening sessions across the state this year will be held on Monday, April 18, in Gaylord as Michigan’s energy regulators and partner agencies seek input on issues of energy affordability, accessibility, and the availability of energy assistance programs.

The MPSC will host an assistance fair and listening session at the Otsego County United Way, 116 E. 5th Street in Gaylord, April 18, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light snacks will be available, and parents are welcome to bring their children.

The event will provide customers an opportunity to work with local and state agencies on site to apply for home energy assistance.

Agencies that have confirmed they will attend the event include Consumers Energy Co., the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency, the Salvation Army and TrueNorth Community Services.

Participants also may provide input during a listening session held at the same venue that is part of the MPSC’s Energy Affordability and Accessibility Collaborative. MPSC Staff is seeking comments and concerns related to energy affordability. There are several time slots available, and participants are encouraged to preregister to save time at

The Energy Affordability and Accessibility Collaborative was launched in early 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission directed MPSC staff to convene the collaborative to seek “broad and diverse input from residents, non-profits, utilities, and state agencies to address the affordability of energy, access to low-income energy assistance, customer protections and low-income energy waste reduction services.”

More information about the energy assistance fair is available at the event’s webpage.  Additional information may be found at the MPSC’s Energy Affordability and Accessibility Collaborative webpage.

Additional energy fairs are being planned across the state, including one in May in Benton Harbor that will be announced soon.

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