Consumers Energy has now restored power to 210,000 Michigan homes and businesses following this week’s severe weather, and crews today are continuing their around-the-clock work in communities all over the Lower Peninsula.
“Around 2,000 lineworkers are fanning out across Michigan today – we are serious when we say we’re committed to getting the lights back on for the communities we serve quickly and safely,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy’s vice president for electric operations. “We are grateful for our customers’ patience and want them to know we’re putting in an all-out effort until the power is back on for everyone.”
Consumers Energy crews are joined by contractors from across Michigan and seven states, including as far away as Missouri, New York and Tennessee. As of 6 a.m., about 161,000 customers were without power. In all, over 371,000 homes and businesses that Consumers Energy serves lost power at some point since Tuesday night, making it one of the 10 most significant storms in company history.
Consumers Energy aims to restore power to most homes and businesses by late Saturday night and finish almost all of the restoration work by the end of the weekend.
Consumers Energy is reaching out to communities across Michigan today, sponsoring several free community events and giveaways to thank residents. Today and Saturday, Consumers Energy will cover entry costs for the first 2,500 visitors to Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek. Events can be found at www.Facebook.com/ConsumersEnergyMichigan.
Customers can check the progress crews are making to restore power by visiting www.ConsumersEnergy.com/OutageCenter. They can also sign up to get outage alerts and restoration times sent to a phone, email or text message -- text ‘REG' to 232273 or visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/alerts.