Consumers Energy Investment In Electric System Paying Off
ELECTRIC RELIABILITY UP 20 PERCENT OVER PAST FIVE YEARS
JACKSON, Mich., June 5, 2013
JACKSON, Mich., June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Keeping the lights on is part of
Consumers Energy's promise to Michigan. And the company's nearly $1 billion
investment over the past five years is paying off for its 1.8 million
customers, producing a 20 percent improvement in electric reliability.
In addition, during last summer's peak load day – when the demand for
electricity was Consumers Energy's highest ever -- customers experienced more
thana 60 percent reduction in heat-related outages compared to previous
year's peak load days.
"Our investment plan is paying off for customers. We are committed to using
the best tools and technology available in our industry to provide customers
with a high level of electric reliability," said Garrick Rochow, Consumers
Energy's vice president of energy delivery. "Our employees know that our
customers count on them to provide reliable service, and to quickly and safely
restore power when storms hit Michigan."
Consumers Energy invests about $150 million per year to upgrade and modernize
its electric distribution system. This work includes inspecting and replacing
poles and cross-arms; replacing transformers, insulators, and adding new
electric wires. The company is also installing new automatic relay equipment
and strengthening animal protection measures at substations to further improve
reliability. In addition, Consumers Energy invests up to $45 million per year
on line-clearing work to enhance reliability and reduce tree and vegetation
contact with electric lines.
Consumers Energy recently launched an on-line outage map that allows anyone to
see the location of outages and get an estimated time of service restoration.
The outage map is available at: www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS),
provides natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of Michigan's 10 million
residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in Rule
3b-6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, Rule 175 of the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and relevant legal decisions. The
forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. They should
be read in conjunction with "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION" and
"RISK FACTORS" sections of CMS Energy's Form 10-K and Consumers Energy's Form
10-K each for the Year Ended December 31, 2012 and as updated in CMS Energy's
and Consumers Energy's Forms10-Q for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2013.
CMS Energy's and Consumers Energy's "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND
INFORMATION" and "RISK FACTORS" sections are incorporated herein by reference
and discuss important factors that could cause CMS Energy's and Consumers
Energy's results to differ materially from those anticipated in such
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