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Energy Affordability and Accessibility Collaborative

Notice: MI Power Grid meetings and all other MPSC workgroup meetings will be conducted via teleconference only until further notice. Please find remote access information for upcoming meetings on our calendar of events.

On February 18, 2021, the Michigan Public Service Commission issued the 3rd order in the pandemic response docket for Case No. U-20757. The Commission directed Staff to convene the Energy Affordability and Accessibility Collaborative in coordination with the Energy Waste Reduction and Low-Income Workgroup to address the Commission Staff's recommendations in the U-20757 Collaboration and Communication Process report on the Commission's ongoing COVID-19 response; affordable payment plans; affordable energy bills; data collection, transparency, and analysis; review of rule-based protections; and communication and engagement. On December 17, 2021, Staff filed an interim report to U-20757 on the progress made and any recommendations.

On February 10, 2022, the Commission issued another order in Case No. U-20757 extending the work of the EAAC for an additional two years.  The Commission's direction includes coordinating efforts with the Governor's task forces to develop cohesive policies across state agencies; broadening participation of historically marginalized communities; establishing an Advisory Committee to guide and coordinate the work of the EAAC and Energy Waste Reduction workgroups; directing utilities to continue reporting monthly data on customer shutoffs and arrearages; and approving a low-energy policy summit to be held in 2022. The next interim report is due December 16, 2022.

The Energy Affordability and Accessibility Collaborative seeks 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. Key areas of focus are defining affordability and how this intersects with the rate-making process; strategies for streamlining the energy assistance process; and recommendations on tying energy waste reduction to energy assistance. Building on analysis and recommendations for these and other topics, the Collaborative will proceed to the development of a long-term data strategy and review of rule-based protections. The prioritization of the Collaborative's work will be determined by a consensus of participants.

 

MPSC Staff Contacts

Anne Armstrong, MPSC
Mary Wilkins, MPSC
Brad Banks, MPSC

 

EAAC Suggestion Box 

Subcommittees

To further the direction provided in the Commission orders, the Collaborative is continuing to meet in its subcommittees: Definitions-Ad hoc; Alignment, Affordability and Assistance; Outreach and Education; Data Analysis and Regulatory Review. 

 

Subcommittee Participation SIGN-UP

 

Affordability, Alignment, and Assistance Subcommittee

The charge of the Affordability, Alignment and Assistance Subcommittee (AAA) is to look at all aspects of energy affordability including streamlining and making more accessible existing energy assistance programs, researching next generation affordable payment plans, analyzing collections processes, integration with EWR and weatherization, and rate design.
View the AAA Subcommittee

Data Analysis and Regulatory Review

The Commission charge assigned to the Data and Regulatory Analysis Subcommittee is to examine and recommend a long-term data collection strategy.

View the Data Analysis and Regulatory Review Subcommittee

Definitions Ad-hoc

The charge from the Commission that is being addressed by the Definitions Subcommittee is threefold:

  • Define, establish a common definition of energy security/self-sufficiency. Begin with the proposed definition by MEAP Workgroup Subcommittee Two: “A household's basic needs for home energy are being met while minimizing reliance on public assistance.”
  • Develop a proposal for an energy affordability standard and how the standard can be integrated into the regulatory environment.
  • Draft suggested requirements for consistent energy affordability-related information for utilities to submit to appropriate dockets: rate cases, IRPs, EWR case
View the Definitions Ad-hoc Subcommittee

Outreach and Education

The Commission charge assigned to the Outreach and Education Subcommittee is to establish regular mechanisms for stakeholders to provide input on improving communication and materials and broaden its outreach to groups traditionally not a part of utility communications. In addition, the Commission directed Staff to work with stakeholders to improve the dissemination of energy assistance information too difficult to reach customers.
View the Outreach and Education Subcommittee

EAAC Meetings

BIOS for Presenters

February 16, 2022 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording | Chat

November 17, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording | Chat

October 20, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording | Chat

September 15, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording | Chat 

August 18, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording | Chat | Attendees List 

July 21, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording | Chat | Survey Results

June 16, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording | Chat | Attendees List | Survey and Poll Results

May 19, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording

April 8, 2021 (TELECONFERENCE ONLY)

Agenda | Presentation | Recording

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