Utility Providers Request Consumers to Reduce Usage
Consumers Energy issued an emergency alert in a text warning customers to reduce their heat. A fire broke out at the Ray Township Natural Gas Compressor Station in Macomb County this morning which depleted some of the reserved gas that supplies Wayne and St. Clair counties.
DTE requested that their customers minimized their electricity usage to ensure that electricity can last until temperatures increase.
The polar vortex is affecting the midwest region of the U.S. Many states are experiencing the lowest temperatures in decades. In some areas, the wind chill is reaching below 40 to 50 degrees. In Detroit, the lowest temperature reached -12 degrees and is expected to decline until early Thursday morning.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency Jan. 28.
“Keeping Michiganders safe during this stretch of dangerously cold temperatures is our priority,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Such widespread, extreme conditions have not occurred in Michigan for many years and it is imperative that we are proactive with record-low temperatures being predicted by the National Weather Service. Wind chills are predicted as low as 50 degrees below zero in many places, such as metro Detroit which is especially unaccustomed to these temps.”