*UPDATE* Consumers Energy Calls for Voluntary Reduced Gas Usage
LANSING, MI - UPDATE
Consumers Energy has released a morning statement in regards to gas usage and the incident at a compressor station.
Consumers thanks all natural gas customers across lower Michigan, even those who are not Consumers customers, for their conservation efforts last night.
They are still requesting that people continue their conservation efforts through today and tomorrow.
"This morning, we are cautiously optimistic that our public requests to reduce gas use are having a positive effect. However, with Thursday’s continued historically cold weather, we ask that conservation measures continue through the end of the day Friday, Feb. 1."
Repairs are ongoing and the station is starting to become operational again.
Consumers Energy had a incident at their Ray Compressor Station in Macomb yesterday.
After an accident at a compressor station Consumers Energy has requested customers to lessen their natural gas usage while the issue is being fixed.
“As a result of an unexpected incident at a Gas Compressor station this morning in Southeast Michigan, we are asking customers to temporarily reduce gas usage at this time while we continue to contain the incident and help keep Michigan residents warm during this cold spell,” said Garrick Rochow, Senior Vice President of Operations for Consumers Energy.
The statement said that they have activated natural gas peaking storage fields in Northville and St. Clair to compensate for the shutdown station and additionally.
"Natural gas is stored underground and reserved in these fields, which are activated when energy demand requires it. In addition, the company has reached out to its largest business customers to reduce gas usage while we continue to investigate the incident."
For more information visit consumersenergy.com/coldweather.