Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Contact: Judy Palnau, 517-241-3323
Agency: Michigan Public Service Commission
September 23, 2013 – The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), today released a Request for Proposals for Low-Income Energy Assistance Grants. The grants will be funded by $50 million collected through a low-income energy assistance funding factor approved by the MPSC; and $40 million in Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds provided by DHHS.
Public Act 615 of 2012 was enacted creating the Michigan Energy Assistance Act that requires DHHS to establish and administer the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP). The Act allows DHHS to use funds received from a federal energy assistance program and any funds collected or appropriated to fund the program.
Public Act 95 of 2013 was enacted creating the Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund (LIEAF) charging DHHS with expending money from the fund as provided by the Michigan Energy Assistance Act. The Act allows the MPSC to annually approve a low-income energy assistance funding factor, not to exceed $50 million, to fund the LIEAF.
Approximately $90 million will be available for low-income energy assistance grants during the grant term (anticipated to be late November through August 2014). The purpose of these grants is to provide energy assistance programs that will help low-income households meet home energy costs, and provide services that will enable participants to become or move toward becoming self-sufficient.
The deadline for the proposals is 5 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2013.
“The MPSC is pleased to work with DHHS to not only help low-income households with their energy costs, but also provide the tools necessary to achieve and maintain an independent, self-sufficient lifestyle by assisting participants in paying their energy bills on time, with budgeting and with utilizing energy services to optimize energy efficiency,” said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush.
The RFP is located on the MPSC’s website: www.michigan.gov/mpsc.
The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.