Consumers Energy, the state's largest natural gas provider, said gas flow from the compressor station had to be shut off, leaving MI residents at risk of brief service interruptions in subzero temperatures.
In a live Facebook video, CMS Energy CEO Patti Poppe thanked companies for the cutbacks but also urged 1.8 million non-corporate MI customers to use as little natural gas as possible so that places like hospitals and nursing homes would not be without power.
Consumer's Energy is asking all their customers to reduce their natural gas usage voluntarily because of a shortage caused by an equipment fire.
GM also asked "about 20,000 employees at its Warren Tech Center and 4,000 at the Pontiac Propulsion campus to work from home through at least Friday", according to Crain's Detroit.
Officials are warning MI residents that they risk brief interruptions of natural gas service for heat amid bitterly cold weather if they don't help reduce energy use following a fire at a utility's suburban Detroit facility that affected natural gas supplies. In addition, the company has reached out to its largest business customers to reduce gas usage while we continue to investigate the incident.
Ford and Fiat Chrysler plants have also heeded the utility's call.
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Only factories served by Jackson, Michigan-based Consumers Energy were affected.
- Consumers Energy has announced that MI residents will be able to reset their heaters to previous levels after the emergency request to lower thermostats to 65 or lower.
GM said it had been asked by Consumers Energy, a unit of CMS Energy Corp, to suspend operations to allow the utility to manage supply issues after extreme cold temperatures and a fire at a compressor station. "Ensuring out of an abundance of caution that everyone's home is safe and warm tonight". Automakers usually can make up for a few lost production days by increasing assembly line speeds.
Other businesses also have been affected.
Consumers Energy is asking all customers to reduce their natural gas usage for the next 24 to 48 hours after a fire at a key facility in Macomb County Wednesday morning. While officials were unsure about the cause of the fire, they thanked the public for its response to lowering their thermostats. Natural gas is stored underground and reserved in these fields, which are activated when energy demand requires it.