JACKSON, MI – Officials have turned on the urgency of late Wednesday night in their call to local residents to turn down the heat.
Emergency calls were sent to cell phones across the lower peninsula and Gov. turn down their thermostats. The message came from fears of a natural gas shortage caused by exceptionally high demand associated with a fire at a Consumers Energy facility.
If local residents and businesses do not cut gas consumption, this could lead to disruptions, Patti Poppe said in an interview late Wednesday, January 30.
Refrigerant temperatures and a fire at Macomb County's Ray natural gas compressor station on Wednesday morning caused the utility to make the increasingly urgent appeal to a lower thermostat setting] Residents are requested to heat up on Friday, February 1
"We try to avoid disrupting critical assets and residential customers," said Poppe. "We never had to do that before."
Wednesday morning saw a record-breaking demand for natural gas, Poppe said with reported temperatures 4 degrees below zero. Temperatures are expected to be 14 degrees below zero Thursday morning, Poppe said.
"They can help people across the state survive these extreme temperatures," Whitmer said in a video message. We urge every Michigander to do their part and help us overcome this storm together. "
Consumers have turned to more than a dozen of their largest commercial customers and are calling for a voluntary reduction in their use The next two days: Ford, General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler and Gerdau are among the companies that will be operating until Friday Interrupt production schedules "to save natural gas, said Poppe.
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Consumers' directors contacted Whitmer and state officials throughout the evening to raise the alarm.
"It's that serious," said Poppe. "I do not want to underestimate the importance of the request.
The utility is replacing natural gas stored underground in Northville and St. Clair Shores.
Consumers have enough natural gas, said Poppe. The problem is to get it out of the ground fast enough to spread it out.
"Without the equipment involved in the fire, we can not make it out of the ground," Poppe said about Macomb County Station.
The facility is one of Michigan's seven compressor stations for the utility. During operation, she can handle half of the state's highest levels of consumption alone, Poppe said.
The fire occurred in one of three stations of the station, but all three were closed during the fire. One of the two plants that are not involved is being put back into service, said Poppe, and the other should be back in operation by Friday.
"It's too cold for people to have no heat at home," said Poppe. "That's what makes it so urgent. If this were June, that would not be a problem. But it's the coldest day we've held on and we need to make sure everyone has enough heat and some warmth. "
Earlier in the day, DTE Energy also urged customers to do" just a bit "to reduce energy consumption. 19659002] "While DTE's facilities are performing well, our system is connected to power grids in other states and Canada that are having problems due to the extreme weather," said Christy Wicke, DTE's Generation Optimization Director. "If every DTE Energy customer does this." Just a little bit of energy consumption can be significantly reduced – and this will help to maintain the reliability of the entire network during the cold weather. "