Consumers Energy Creates Mobile Storm Units To Speed Service Restoration

   Consumers Energy Creates Mobile Storm Units To Speed Service Restoration

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Sept. 24, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy is stationing
three new mobile storm units across Michigan to help crews restore power more
quickly after damaging storms.


The 53-foot long box semi-trailers will be staffed during storm deployment by
company storeroom personnel and are ready to roll out with short notice. The
units are equipped with items most often needed for storm work: cross arms,
insulators, coils of wire, hardware and other equipment.

Strategically located in Grand Rapids, Jackson and Cadillac, the mobile storm
units will be deployed to areas where powerful storms are forecast to hit, and
will serve as staging areas for crews performing service restoration.

"Bringing the storeroom to the field will reduce travel and help our
lineworkers involved in storm restoration focus on what they do best -- making
repairs and getting the lights back on forcustomers safely," said Michele
Kirkland, Consumers Energy's vice president of energy operations. "This
initiative will shorten outages and help us keep our Promise to provide
reliable energy service for our customers."

The mobile storm units were outfitted in Grand Rapids, and are being delivered
to their home headquarters this week.

Reinforcing its commitment to Pure Michigan Business Connect, Consumers Energy
hired Grand Rapids-based Giant Graphics to apply visuals to the units, which
feature photographs of four Consumers Energy field employees in action.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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AUDIO: Michele Kirkland, vice president of energy operations, talks about the
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SOURCE Consumers Energy

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