The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has awarded a partnership of the University of Michigan, GM, and DTE Energy Company $5 million to study plug-in hybrid electric vehicles as a Michigan economic development catalyst, the near-term vehicle-utility interface, the mid/long-term vehicle utility interface, and the environmental and electric utility system impacts of PHEVs.
The award was part of a larger, nearly $6.5-million set of energy efficiency grants to 14 organizations.
The Commission on 21 March had issued a request for proposals for Michigan energy efficiency grants for all customer classes with three distinct focuses: plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) pilot programs; compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) programs; and green community programs.
The grants are part of the Low-Income and Energy Efficiency Fund, which provides energy bill assistance for low-income customers and promotes the efficient use of energy by all customer classes. The MPSC is an agency within the state’s Department of Labor & Economic Growth.