Governor looks for aid for home heating bills
Published 3:28 pm Tuesday, January 17, 2006
LANSING - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has sent a letter to members of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) calling on the Commission to immediately make $25 million available for additional assistance for citizens struggling to pay the high cost of home heating bills this winter.
At their December meeting, MPSC commissioners approved an order for Consumers Energy that substantially increased the amount of funds available for low income and energy efficiency programs. The Governor's letter requests that the MPSC specifically dedicate $25 million of this funding this year to provide low-income assistance.
In addition, the Governor also reiterated her commitment to leading a national effort to encourage Congress to increase funding for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Last September, Granholm joined a bi-partisan group of 28 governors who sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging such action.
For more information about the programs available to help deal with high energy costs, go to www.michigan.gov/documents/bewinterwise_138994_7.htm.