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Low-Income Energy Policy Board

Low-Income Energy Policy Board

On February 10, 2022, the Michigan Public Service Commission (Commission) issued the fourth order in COVID-19 response docket, Case No. U-20757, extending the work of the Energy Affordability and Accessibility Collaborative (EAAC). The Commission's direction included establishing an advisory committee to guide and coordinate the work of the EAAC and Energy Waste Reduction Low-Income Workgroup (EWR-LI); broadening participation of historically marginalized communities; coordinating efforts with the Governor's task forces to develop cohesive policies across state agencies; and approving a low-energy policy summit to be held in 2022.  The functions of the advisory committee called the Low-Income Energy Policy Board (LIEP Board) will include cross-pollination of policy and coordination, communication, decision making, and planning.

With the creation of the LIEP Board, the EAAC as such will not meet outside of the policy summit recommended by staff and agreed to by the Commission. The work of the EAAC continues under the subcommittees.

Board Members

Led by:

  • Armstrong, Anne – MPSC, EAAC leader
  • Banks, Brad – MPSC, EWR-LI 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
  • McNeally, Kasey - Superior Watershed
  • Parker, Briana – Elevate
  • Randall, Wende - Kent County Essential Needs Task Force (ENTF)


Inclusive of those with lived experience:

  • Covey, David
  • Gant-Jordan, Synia
  • Hannah, Latasha


Enhanced with policy leaders from agencies and task forces:

  • Connolly, Cory - Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
  • Eubanks, Rachael A.– Department of Treasury
  • Guilfoyle, Jeff - Department of Treasury
  • Hammoud, Hassan - Michigan 211
  • Rose, Kelly – Michigan State Housing Development Authority
  • Sasy, Ninah – Department of Health and Human Services -Social Determinants of Health Strategy
  • 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
  • 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. Dates for 2022 include:

April 29 Kickoff

Event | Recording | Presentation Minutes

May 23

Recording Presentation

June 27

Agenda | Recording | Presentation

July 25

Agenda | Recording | Presentation

August 22


September 26

October 24

November 28

December – No meeting


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