Emergency Text Alert Encourages Residents To Lower Heat Under 65 Degrees

Is this a joke or no?

With Detroit's current experiencing subzero temperatures (-9 F), the demand for heat for Michigan residents are probably at record high's.

In a press release, Consumers Energy today called for all customers to voluntarily reduce their gas usage as a result of an unexpected gas incident in Southeast Michigan.

“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.

A fire involving equipment at Consumers Energy’s Ray Natural Gas Compressor Station occurred in Macomb County at 10:33 a.m. today. The fire is being contained and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. All gas flow from the compressor station has been shut in until safety and damage assessments can be completed. Consumers Energy is activating natural gas peaking storage fields in Northville and St. Clair to help deliver natural gas to our customers. 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.

Around 10:35 p.m., an emergency alert buzzed all working cell phones asking Michigan residents to lower their heat to 65 or less through Friday.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer tweeted earlier today, "Due to extremely high demand for natural gas with record-low temperatures, and an incident at a facility, @ ConsumersEnergy has asked everyone who is able to please turn down their thermostats to 65° or less until Friday at noon."

Sounds like something my mom would've done in tough times. Lower the heat, but make my sister and I 'layer-up' with plenty of clothes to sleep in overnight.

Stay Warm Detroit!!

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