Report: Consumers Energy Completes Electrical Equipment Upgrades


Consumer’s Energy performed 9,490 equipment upgrades and replaced nearly 3,500 electrical poles in 2015, according to new data released by the state’s largest utility company.

“It’s important for people to know that we’re taking steps every day to strengthen Michigan’s electric grid and help make sure the power stays on,” says Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy’s vice president of energy delivery.

According to the data, the company inspected and upgraded nearly 8,920 miles of electrical lines in 2015, and cleared nearly 5,120 miles of electric lines through tree trimmings.

Nearly 105 substation upgrades were performed by Consumer’s Energy in 2015, which Palkovich says reduces the risk of equipment problems and helps keep animals from coming into contact with power lines and other materials.

In addition, the utility recently developed two, 30-foot mobile command center vehicles that are specially equipped to respond to localized emergencies and storm restoration work.

Consumers Energy is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, and provides natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.