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DTE Energy, Michigan largest’s energy company, today announced a donation of $5 million to five outreach agencies including TrueNorth Community Services to help Michigan residents stay safe and warm this winter.

The donation will help residents who are struggling to pay current and past due energy bills by supporting their enrollment in DTE’s Low Income Self Sufficiency Plan (LSP), which arranges affordable monthly payments based on income and energy usage.  

“We sympathize with the challenges some of our customers face, especially during these cold winter months, and we want to provide assistance to help lighten their load,” said Jerry Norcia, president and CEO, DTE Energy. “With this donation to our agency partners, we’re working to make sure customers eligible for energy assistance are able to receive the help they need.”  

The donations will be given to and administered by TrueNorth's emPower heat and energy assistance program, The Salvation Army, The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), United Way, and Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency.  The agencies will provide relief funds to elderly, unemployed, underemployed and disabled residents throughout Michigan. 

"Our partnership with DTE Energy is critical in our efforts to provide short-term financial help to the most vulnerable among us,” said Niki Fanjoy, emPower division director, TrueNorth Community Services. “This assistance can mean the difference between heating and eating or other vital needs. We’re thankful to DTE Energy for working with us.”

DTE's LSP program allows customers to make affordable monthly payments based on income and energy usage. More than 36,000 residents were enrolled in LSP during the 2018 - 2019 program year. All outreach agencies will conduct enrollment until Spring 2020 for eligible individuals seeking utility assistance.

This marks the eighth year DTE has administered the LSP program.  Since 2012, the plan has seen a nearly 90% success rate of enrollees completing their payment plan cycles and building a pattern of self-reliance.  Visit for additional program information and details on how to enroll. 


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