SEMCO Energy Gas Company is one of 13 organizations that have received grants as a part of the Michigan Energy Assitance program. The Michigan Public Service Commission in conjunction with the Department of Human Services has approved $89.5 million in grants to the organizations for the fiscal year beginning October 1. On July 1, the commission issued a request for proposals soliciting projects that would provide energy assistance programs to help low-income households meet home energy costs, with a focus on services that would enable participants to become or move toward becoming self-sufficient. A majority of the funds will be used by the 13 organizations during the “crisis season” that begins November 1 and ends May 31. Low-income households are encouraged to seek assistance during that time. SEMCO will receive $2.25 million and among the others receiving grants are The Salvation Army with over $13 million and the Superior Watershed Partnership at $1.25 million.