As you may know, some MEEFA partners asked the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to re-start and facilitate a work group (formerly run 2008-12) specifically focused on low income energy needs. We are pleased to share widely that the MPSC has established an Energy Waste Reduction Low-Income Work Group. We know you care about energy, affordable housing, and low-income issues—so we strongly encourage you to join. Our vision is that this work group will become the “home” for many of the program and policy discussions that MEEFA has been facilitating.
According to the MPSC’s initial vision, the work group will:
“address low income specific energy waste reduction measures”
“create new initiatives that are designed to reduce the cost of energy burden on Michigan’s low income customers and communities”
“combine the expertise and experience of State agencies, utility providers, and other energy and low income stakeholder groups”
“connect these various entities to attempt to bridge gaps between program offerings, facilitate more complete delivery of these energy efficiency programs, and seek opportunities to better serve low income and multi-family buildings”
“address low income specific issues with the goal of enhancing energy waste reduction, health, safety, and comfort in low income housing, and make EWR initiatives available to this undeserved sector to provide greater long term impact”
“guide policy discussions and decision making for low income housing needs"
The first meeting was held on April 6th in Lansing, MI with around 50 participants! We wanted to make sure all of you are aware of the next three meeting dates for this work group: Friday, May 18, Thursday, June 14 and Thursday, July 26. The meetings will be at the MPSC office building, 7109 W. Saginaw Lansing, in the Lansing conference room, 9:00-11:30 a.m./12:00 p.m. Please email me and Brad Banks (BanksB1@michigan.gov) to let us know that you are interested in joining this work group.