In this issue:
Public Service Commission to investigate power outage responseThe Michigan Public Service Commission has launched an investigation into the power outage response from utility companies following the recent ice storm.
Hundreds of thousands of residents throughout the state lost power for extended periods after the massive storm hit shortly before Christmas, while temperatures plummeted to dangerous levels. The MPSC will review and investigate the storm’s impact on energy distribution systems, the preparedness and response of major utilities to the storm and outage, and steps to reduce the possibility of such future outages.
Utilities must file responses to MPSC’s investigation order by Feb. 7 after which the public may provide comment until 5 p.m. Feb. 21. For more information, please visit MPSC’s website.
Service credits available to customers for power outagesCustomers who experience lengthy or frequent power outages may be eligible for a credit on their electric bill.
There are three different types of credit under MPSC rules that depend on the nature or frequency of outages. Residential customers may qualify for a $25 credit. Commercial and other credits are based on a customer’s minimum bill.
Customers should request the credits through their electric utility companies and notify the MPSC of any denials. More details are available here.
DNR seeking volunteers for 2014 camping seasonWinter may be upon us but the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is already looking for volunteers to serve as hosts at Michigan state parks for the 2014 camping season.
Hosts handle a variety of jobs, including answering questions, arranging campground activities and doing light maintenance work. In return for their volunteer service, hosts are allowed to camp in the state park at no charge.
Candidates must be at least 18 years old and provide a certain number of hours during their service period. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers.
State of the State address on Thursday, January 16thGov. Rick Snyder will issue his State of the State address from the chamber of the Michigan House beginning at 7:00p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2014.
The constitutionally-required annual speech is an opportunity for governors to summarize the accomplishments of the past year and highlight their priorities for the new year.
The address is televised live on many local news channels and can be watched live on a number of websites. More info will be provided next week.
January Office Hours in Bay CityJanuary office hours have been scheduled for the 31st Senate District.
District office hours provide district residents with the opportunity to meet with me or my staff to address issues related to state government. No appointment is necessary.
The next scheduled hours will be on Friday, Jan 17 at the Pere Marquette Depot, Room 1904, 1000 Adams Street, Bay City, 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
If you are unable to attend office hours, feel free to visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2131 if I can ever be of assistance.
At your service,