As just announced by Governor Snyder, February is Keep Michigan Warm Month. Especially during this time of year, the importance of adequate state and federal funding for energy assistance programs cannot be overstated.
The Alliance for Michigan Power (AMP) strongly believes our state’s most vulnerable citizens should never have to choose between electricity and other necessities like food and medicine. Yet a still-recovering economy, the harshest winter in memory, and concerns about energy supplies and prices are forcing struggling households to make difficult choices.
Energy Assistance Programs
In addition to many local community organizations that provide energy assistance, here are some of the most important sources for energy assistance in Michigan:
Still Work Left to Do
According to the Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHS) there were about 1.2 million Michigan families at or below 150% of poverty in 2012. Unfortunately, only about half of these households actually receive energy assistance.
Energy assistance, like so many energy issues, depends on commonsense policies that can help increase access, reliability, and fairness for all Michiganders. As just one example, the Michigan legislature is now considering legislation that would fully deregulate Michigan’s electric market. Low-income households are among those most likely to be negatively impacted if this legislation moves forward. You can learn more about deregulation here.