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2013-07-19 12:22:55

LUDINGTON, Mich., July 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant is turning 40, and officials from Lansing and Washington are bringing gifts to the party. The award-winning facility is being recognized for providing reliable and low-cost power, saving Michigan's electric customers millions of dollars compared to other sources. Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Sen. Goeff Hansen and Rep. Ray Franz signed a special tribute in Lansing to commemorate the plant's...

2012-07-17 10:22:11

JACKSON, Mich., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Record heat and Michigan's strengthening economy drove customer electric demand today to its highest level ever for Consumers Energy, the nation's 4th-largest combination utility celebrating its 125th year. Customer demand hit a peak of 9,086 megawatts between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. today. That level surpasses Consumers Energy's previous all-time record of 8,930 megawatts set on July 21, 2011. John Russell, the utility's president and chief...

2012-07-06 14:20:16

JACKSON, Mich., July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Record high temperatures and Michigan's recovering economy pushed customer demand for electricity today to its highest level this year for Consumers Energy, and the third highest daily load ever for the 125-year utility. Customer demand hit a peak of 8,820 megawatts between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. today. That level is about 1% below Consumers Energy's all-time record of 8,930 megawatts set on July 21, 2011. John Russell, the utility's president and...

2012-06-28 14:20:42

JACKSON, Mich., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Punishing heat and humidity and the recovering economy pushed customer demand for electricity today to its highest June level in the 125-year history of Consumers Energy. Customer demand hit a peak of 8,607 megawatts between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. today. That eclipses the previous June record of 8,328 megawatts set on June 26, 2007. The all-time customer peak demand record for the Consumers Energy system is 8,930. That mark was set on July 21,...

2012-06-20 06:21:41

JACKSON, Mich., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- At a special event in Consumers Energy's hometown today, employees, retirees and their families celebrated the privilege of serving customers and the State of Michigan for 125 years. "Consumers Energy employees are grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Michigan for 125 years with electric and natural gas service. Today, in our hometown of Jackson where our company began, we're celebrating this history and focusing...

2012-01-26 05:00:00

LUDINGTON, Mich., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A Ludington company, Hardman Construction Inc., has completed a key project - improving a Lake Michigan barge dock - needed for the $800 million upgrade of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. The barge dock improvement paves the way for additional preparations necessary for receiving shipments of six new turbine runners, each weighing 290 tons, for the upgrade project. That project is scheduled to begin in 2013 and run through 2019....

2011-12-05 09:15:00

JACKSON, Mich., Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- More Michigan companies are getting contracts and creating jobs as a result of Consumers Energy's new "Michigan preferred" purchasing strategy. Since joining the state's Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) initiative, Consumers Energy has awarded state firms $170 million in new multi-year contracts. The company is on track to meet its commitment of increasing spending with Michigan companies by $50 million in the first year of the...

2011-08-30 05:30:00

JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy has increased its Michigan-based capital spend, keeping a commitment made when it enrolled as a first participant in the State of Michigan's Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative. Consumers Energy's initial report released today indicates that in the first three months under its new "Michigan preferred" purchasing program, it paid Michigan companies $2.8 million and awarded $71 million in new multi-year contracts. This...

2011-07-21 11:32:00

JACKSON, Mich., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy is asking its 1.8 million electric customers to reduce their power use through tonight because of the heat wave now affecting Michigan. Temperatures in the 90s and high humidity have pushed up the customer demand for electricity to near-record levels on the Consumers Energy system. That high demand - linked to air conditioning use - is expected to continue through tonight. Until then, Consumers Energy is asking its electric...

2011-02-07 14:30:00

LUDINGTON, Mich., Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison, co-owners of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant, today announced a major maintenance and upgrade project that will mean significant investment in northwest Michigan, 100 construction jobs per year and increase the plant's power generation by 16 percent. Each utility will invest approximately $40 million per year over 10 years. The award-winning Ludington plant has been providing Michigan families and...