This week, Governor Rick Snyder signed an Executive Order restructuring the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE). Additional changes will occur at the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) in response to MAE Executive Director Valerie Brader’s resignation from the administration, effective February 10. MAE Deputy Director Madhu Anderson will serve as the agency’s acting executive director after Ms. Brader’s departure. Filing her seat as co-chair on the PSAB will be Keith Creagh, director of the Department of Natural Resources.
Under the Governor’s order, the MPSC will take over some of MAE’s responsibilities, such as Customer Assistance, the Michigan Energy Assistance Program, and many of the staff that represent Michigan in regional and national forums.
MAE will retain the Energy Security division, the Energy Office, and External Affairs. Additionally, they retain the responsibility and personnel necessary to represent the state’s interests on national, regional, and regulatory policy.
MAE was created through executive order in March 2015 and is housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. MAE’s executive director is appointed by the governor and serves as the chief advisor to the governor and other state departments on energy policies and programs.
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