Saturday, 24 August, 2019


Michigan Gov. Whitmer addresses public health, safety during cold weather

Michigan Gov. Whitmer addresses public health, safety during cold weather Michigan Gov. Whitmer addresses public health, safety during cold weather
Conrad Doyle | 31 January, 2019, 22:43

In a live Facebook video, CMS Energy CEO Patti Poppe thanked companies for the cutbacks but also urged 1.8 million non-corporate MI customers to use as little natural gas as possible so that places like hospitals and nursing homes would not be without power.

As of Wednesday evening, GM employees were told to stay home from its assembly plants in Orion, Flint, Lansing Delta Township, Lansing Grand River, and a number of other stamping and transmission plants.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a public statement later Wednesday evening urging everyone in MI to turn down their thermostats to 65 degrees until midday on Friday, when temperatures are expected to warm up. "No one can do everything, but everyone can do something, and I need you to take action, right now".

Due to extremely high demand for natural gas with these record low temperatures and a facility incident, Consumers Energy has asked that everyone who is able to turn down their thermostats through Friday at noon so we can all get through this with minimal harm. Consumers Energy is activating natural gas peaking storage fields in Northville and St. Clair to help deliver natural gas to our customers.

The fire broke out about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Meanwhile, utility company DTE Energy issued a similar request to customers.

"It's making a difference on our system", he says.

Consumers Energy said a fire at a gas compressor station in Michigan's Macomb County Wednesday forced it to halt gas flow from the compressor station until safety and damage assessments could be completed. "Ensuring out of an abundance of caution that everyone's home is safe and warm tonight". The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Ford Motor said it had also taken steps to reduce energy use at its four MI plants supplied by Consumers Energy, but added the situation remained fluid.

The utility says the spike in demand for energy is placing stress on the Midwest grid.

Poppe said the usage cuts by large businesses were not enough, and urged 1.8 million MI customers to turn down thermostats as much as they could to cut natural gas use in order to protect critical facilities like hospitals and nursing homes.

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