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Mich. announces $22 million in aid to pay utility bills

Associated Press

Lansing — Michigan utility regulators have announced $22 million in federally funded grants to help low-income residents keep their lights on and their homes warm.

The Michigan Public Service Commission says the money will go to the state’s two largest utilities and six groups.

The commission says the grants raise the total amount of utility aid to low-income Michiganians to $111.5 million this fiscal year. It says the grants are a joint effort of the commission and the Michigan Department of Human Services.

DTE Energy Co. is getting $3 million, and CMS Energy Corp.’s Consumers Energy Company $2.5 million. Grants to other groups include $6.9 million to TrueNorth Community Services, $3.7 million to the Salvation Army and $3.6 million to the Michigan Community Action Agency Association.