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Michigan making progress on ending homelessness

Michigan has seen a significant reduction in veteran and overall homelessness, according to a report released today during the 2016 Summit on Ending Homelessness. The Ending Homelessness in Michigan 2015 Annual Report shows Michigan has experienced a 6 percent dip in homelessness and 15 percent decrease in veteran homelessness, based on the annual homeless count

LARA Summarily Suspends Jackson County Child Care Group Home License

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Bureau of Community and Health Systems (BCHS), issued an order of summary suspension and notice of intent to revoke the child care group home license of Jackson County provider, Lisa Riggins, License #DG380315601, at 3800 Dormay, Jackson, MI 49203. This action resulted from a recent investigation of a complaint of the group child care home

Howell, Mich., Resident Receives National Title Professional Designation from ALTA

Deborah A. Wiley has been awarded a National Title Professional (NTP) designation from the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry. Wiley is the third NTP designee from Michigan and joins 66 other industry leaders from around the United States who have earned the professional designation.

Consumers Energy Expanding Electric Line Workforce

Consumers Energy is adding jobs in Michigan, hiring qualified workers to increase its workforce that responds to emergencies, enhances system reliability and restores electric service following storms.

MPSC approves Upper Peninsula Power Company electric rate increase, customers to see refund

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on Sept. 8 authorized Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCo) to increase its electric rates by $4,647,975 annually, a figure 30.4 percent below what the utility requested. Also, because the final amount approved was lower than the $6,259,025 the utility self-implemented in March, some customers will see a rate decrease, effective Sept. 23. By state law, customers who paid more than the currently approved amount will also get a refund of the difference between what the utility self-implemented and the MPSC granted, plus interest, in the future

Consumers Energy Celebrates Commitment to Renewable Energy with Solar Power Plant at Western Michigan...

Consumers Energy today celebrated its second solar power plant -- an 8.5-acre array of solar panels at Western Michigan University that produces electricity for Michigan homes and businesses. “We are committed to a sustainable future for Michigan, which is why we built this power plant as part of our Solar Gardens program,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and CEO. “We’re a different kind of company – leaving our environment better than we found it every day. New renewable energy sources are vital to Michigan’s future.”

Michigan Office of the Great Lakes Releases Third Part of State Water Strategy, Announces...

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Office of the Great Lakes today released the third part of Michigan’s Water Strategy, a comprehensive, collaboratively-developed plan for the protection and wise use of Michigan’s water resources.

Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on the Senate Passage of the Water Resources Development...

Congressman Dan Kildee issued the following statement regarding the Senate passage of S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act, which includes $100 million in funding for water infrastructure in Flint

Consumers Energy Provides $109,000 Energy Efficiency Incentive to Bay County School System

A Bay County public school district has received a $109,168 incentive payment from Consumers Energy for energy efficiency upgrades, part of the energy provider’s commitment to helping schools across Michigan lower their costs and put more money into the classroom.

Consumers Energy’s Hunting Policy Protects Safety of Workers, Neighbors

As Michigan small- and big-game seasons gear up, Consumers Energy offers a reminder that hunting is not allowed on its property, with the exception of its hydro properties in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Consumers Energy Sees Resurgence of Prepaid Credit Card Phone Scam

Consumers Energy is again warning customers about a scam that includes a high-pressure demand for quick utility payments over the phone using a prepaid credit card.

Consumers Energy Continues Focus on Gas Safety, Reliability

Consumers Energy continues enhancing the safety and reliability of its 29,000-mile natural gas system that provides affordable service to more than 1.7 million customers throughout Lower Michigan.

Consumers Energy Foundation Awards First Scholarships Honoring Fallen Employee

The Consumers Energy Foundation is assisting two men training to become utility line workers as the first recipients of a scholarship honoring an employee killed on the job more than four years ago. Jeffrey H. Creel, a Consumers Energy electric line worker from Bronson, was struck and killed June 22, 2012 by a passing vehicle while he investigated a downed power line near Jonesville.

Consumers Energy Customers Benefit From New Meter Technology

More than 1 million Consumers Energy customers who have received new electric meters can now choose their own billing date. “Offering our customers a payment option that fits their schedule is just one way we’re striving to find new and innovative ways to provide value to our customers,” said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of distribution and customer operations.

Dingell Announces $2.2 Million in Grants to Combat Veteran Homelessness

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today announced that Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency in Wyandotte and Southwest Counseling Solutions in Dearborn/Dearborn Heights will receive grants totaling $2,209,325 from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as part of an ongoing initiative to prevent homelessness among Veterans and their families. The grants are awarded through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

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New shorelands program helps waterfront homeowners improve shorelines, inland lakes

The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership recently launched a program to help lakefront homeowners understand best practices to protect their shoreland and inland lakes. The Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program will recognize inland lake property owners who are using healthy property management practices to protect their inland lake and offer tips to improve the shoreline further.

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Michigan making progress on ending homelessness

Michigan has seen a significant reduction in veteran and overall homelessness, according to a report released today during the 2016 Summit on Ending Homelessness. The Ending Homelessness in Michigan 2015 Annual Report shows Michigan has experienced a 6 percent dip in homelessness and 15 percent decrease in veteran homelessness, based on the annual homeless count