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MPSC to hold energy assistance fair May 24 in Benton Harbor

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The Michigan Public Service Commission will hold the second in a series of energy assistance fairs and listening sessions as the state’s energy regulators and partner agencies seek public feedback on energy affordability and accessibility and the availability of energy assistance programs.

The next energy assistance fair will be held 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Michigan Works! Service Center, 499 W. Main Street in Benton Harbor. Light snacks will be available, and parents are welcome to bring their children.

The fair will provide customers an opportunity to work with local and state agencies on site to apply for home energy assistance. Some of the agencies that will have representatives on hand at the Benton Harbor fair include the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, TrueNorth Community Services, Catholic Community Center, Indiana Michigan Power Co., Michigan Gas Utilities Corp., Midwest Energy & Communications, DTE Energy, and MPSC Customer Assistance Staff.

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 for the listening sessions, and participants are encouraged to preregister at Listening session participants can enter a drawing after each session for a $100 energy efficiency kit.

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 meetings are planned for other locations around the state and are anticipated to occur in the fall.

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