Jackson, Mich. Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Energy Provider Clears Power Lines, Replaces Poles, and Upgrades Substations
Consumers Energy today announced it is finishing more than 2,000 electric projects by the end of this year, aimed at building a more reliable power grid to reduce power outages. The projects being completed this year are providing better service for about 1 million out of 1.9 million homes and businesses that Consumers Energy serves across the state.
“Our No. 1 job is to keep the lights on for our customers,” said Chris Laird, Consumers Energy’s vice president of electric operations. “The work we’re doing takes a significant step to help ensure we deliver reliable energy 24/7. Consumers Energy will remain focused on improving our system every year to meet our goal of having fewer and shorter power outages for our customers.”
“We have shortened the average length of power outages and reduced the number of customers impacted by outages. More than 96 percent of customers impacted by outages in 2022 were restored in less than 24 hours,” said Greg Salisbury, Consumers Energy’s vice president of electric distribution engineering. “We are making progress and will continue to make improvements in the years to come.”
This year, work on the Consumers Energy electric system covered areas across the state and included:
Since 2020, Consumers Energy has evaluated all 60,000 miles of electric lines to prioritize fixing the circuits with the most frequent outages. The circuit upgrades through 2021 saw 70 percent fewer outages.
This year’s efforts are part of Consumers Energy’s larger continued efforts to build a stronger energy grid through its five-year, $5.4 billion Electric Reliability Plan. That plan is a blueprint for serving Michigan today and innovating to meet the challenges of the coming decades. Continued investments such as trimming trees, replacing poles and wires and upgrading substations and key equipment are top priorities, especially with climate change causing more frequent and severe weather events.
Consumers Energy is Michigan’s largest energy provider, providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.8 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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