State utility regulator to host energy fair in Gaylord on April 18 – Petoskey News-Review

by | Apr 15, 2022 | Energy

GAYLORD — The first in a series of energy assistance fairs and customer listening sessions sponsored by the state public service commission will take place in Gaylord this month.From 3-8 p.m. on April 18 at the United Way, 116 E. 5th St., the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) will seek public comment on energy affordability, accessibility, and the availability of energy assistance programs.”One goal (of the fair) is to provide as many resources for customers to get help with their utility bills, including applying for assistance,” said Anne Armstrong, director of customer assistance for the MPSC. “Anyone who is concerned about paying their energy bill will be able to access information, whether it’s electricity, gas or propane.”Armstrong said the MPSC wants to better understand the issues utility customers deal with, including affordability, how to effectively manage energy use and safety.”We want to get to know the Gaylord community better and understand what energy affordability means to them,” she said.In addition to commission staff, Armstrong said representatives from human service agencies like the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Salvation Army, along with utility companies like Consumers Energy, will be at the event to help customers gain more knowledge about energy assistance programs.Participants also may provide input during a listening session that is part of the MPSC’s Energy Affordability and Accessibility Collaborative. Commission staff is seeking comments and concerns related to energy affordability and participants are encouraged to preregister at www.research.net/r/MPSCEnergyFair.The Energy Affordability and Accessibility Collaborative was launched in 20 …

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