An exercise in effective collaboration turning Michigan back on
JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 13, 2021 – Consumers Energy has now restored power to more than 200,000 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.
Consumers Energy aims to restore power to another 100,000 customers through midnight Friday. Most homes and businesses should have power by late Saturday night and almost all restoration work completed by the end of the weekend.
“These storms hit Michigan hard, but we are working tirelessly to get our customers back up and running,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy’s vice president for electric operations. “We are grateful for our customers’ patience and want them to know we’ll keep working 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. In all, about 370,000 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. As of 11 a.m. Friday, about 150,000 customers were still without power with almost two-thirds of those remaining outages expected to be restored by late tonight.
Consumers Energy is reaching out to communities across Michigan today, sponsoring several free community events and giveaways such as ice, water and ice cream 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.