News Release

POWER RESTORATION WORK CONTINUES AS WINTER STORM SWEEPS ACROSS MICHIGAN 4:30 A.M. UPDATE

Jackson, Mich. Sunday, January 20, 2013

 Approximately 40,000 Consumers Energy electric customers are without service because of a powerful winter storm battering the state with high winds and blowing snow. Since 9 p.m. Saturday, more than 60,000 customers have been affected by weather related outages.

“We are working to safety and quickly restore power across the state from this strong winter storm,” said Garrick Rochow, the utility’s vice president of energy delivery. “We are anticipating high winds to continue throughout Sunday morning and additional outages are possible. We appreciate the patience of our customers.”

As of 4 a.m., the approximate numbers of Consumers Energy electric customers remaining without service in the following counties were: Allegan (1,295); Barry (930); Bay (2,271); Calhoun (2,215); Clare (2,032); Eaton (1,214); Genesee (2,303); Hillsdale (1,559); Ingham (2,269); Jackson (3,438); Kalamazoo (1,645); Kent (4,031); Livingston (1,286); Midland (690); Muskegon (1,983); Ottawa (1,969); Saginaw (2,399) and Shiawassee (2,047). Updated outage information is available at www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap.

A majority of customers who have been without electric service since Saturday evening should have their power restored by the end of the day Monday. Customers in the hardest hit counties may not receive electric service until early Tuesday. Estimates will be updated as assessment and repairs continue. Additional storm activity may prolong restoration times.

Consumers Energy cautions residents to avoid touching any downed wires and to report them immediately by calling 1-800-477-5050, or their local law enforcement agency. The utility also reminds customers to be alert to utility crews working along roads and urges drivers to take extra precautions in those situations. In particular, drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past utility workers and equipment on roadsides.

Customers who call Consumers Energy to report a power outage are encouraged to use the utility’s automated reporting option, available at 1-800-477-5050. The service provides restoration information for each substation and circuit, and can be used to report an outage. Outages can also be reported and restoration information obtained via Consumers Energy’s new online outage map, at www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap. The outage map may be accessed by both computers and mobile devices.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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Media Contacts:  Roger Morgenstern, (616) 530 4364 or Terry DeDoes, (517) 374-2159

The next storm update will be at approximately 11:30 a.m.


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