AMP believes that, in addition to creating jobs and strengthening our economy, smart energy policy will ensure all Michiganders have access to reliable electricity. There are many ways that smart policies can help do that—and many ways that the wrong policies can raise costs and limit access, especially for low-income Michiganders.
Energy Assistance Programs
With fall upon us and temperatures dropping across the state, energy assistance programs are once again playing an important role in keeping Michigan families warm and safe. Federal and state energy assistance programs are especially vital for low-income households with children and seniors. Below is a brief overview of the primary sources of energy assistance in our state:
Poor Energy Policy Hurts Low-income Michiganders
Unfortunately, even with energy assistance programs in place, poor energy policy decisions are still made that increase the burden for our state’s most vulnerable populations. A quick look at LIHEAP’s recent history offers just one example:
Without proper funding, these programs cannot and will not succeed. Smart energy policy may have helped to create these energy assistance safety nets, but poor energy policy is now undermining their efficacy.
If you or someone you know needs energy assistance, please keep in mind that applications will be accepted beginning November 1. For more information, call 2-1-1 or visit www.mi211.com.
How do you see energy policy impacting energy access and affordability? Do you have any experience with energy assistance programs? Tell us your thoughts.