Energy security in michigan: the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) funding factor
Category: Government Benefits and Programs
On October 24, 2017, the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the ten (10) community agencies who will share in the $45.5 million dollars in energy grants provided by the State of Michigan. The Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) allows low-income residents who fall behind on their gas and electric bills to stay safely in their homes and become energy self-sufficient through utility bill payment assistance and an array of other support programs.
The Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) is sustained by two funding sources: the state-funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund (LIEAF) and the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund (LIEAF) was signed into law on July 13, 2013 by Michigan Public Act 95 which created the program. On July 31, 2017, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) established a monthly .93 cents per meter surcharge on all participating electric utilities who have opted-in to fund the program. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is the regulatory authority for all utility providers in the State of Michigan.
Michigan Public Act 95 allows the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to approve a low-income energy assistance “funding factor” (a surcharge on utilities), not to exceed $50 million dollars, every year to fund the program. The Act also designates the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to administer the program. Michigan Public Act 615, established on March 28, 2013, set forth the purpose for MDHHS to administer MEAP funds to community organizations across the state who will provide energy assistance and self-sufficiency programs to eligible low-income households.
Michigan Public Act 147, signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder on July 8, 2016 extended the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) for three (3) years to expire on September 30, 2019.
Michigan Energy Assistance Grants
Community Resources - Utility Assistance
Click the links below to view Michigan legislation for MEAP funds, the history of the program, and outcome reports.
Michigan Agency for Energy
Michigan Energy Assistance Program
Michigan Public Act 615
Michigan Public Act 95
Michigan Public Act 147
Michigan Public Service Commission – Case #U-17377
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