JACKSON, Mich., June 28,
2012/PRNewswire/ -- Punishing heat and humidity
and the recovering economy pushed customer demand for
electricity today to its highest June level in the 125-year
history of Consumers Energy.
Customer demand hit a peak of 8,607 megawatts between
4 p.m. and 5 p.m.today. That eclipses
the previous June record of 8,328 megawatts set on
June 26, 2007. The all-time customer peak
demand record for the Consumers Energy system is
8,930. That mark was set on July 21,
John Russell, the utility's president and
chief executive officer, said Consumers Energy was
well-prepared to meet the record June demand for power from
the company's 1.8 million electric customers.
"Our motto is 'Count on Us' and we work hard
every day to meet that commitment to our customers.
Every year, we make substantial investments in our power
plants and electric distribution systems to serve customers
and improve the environment. Today, when it counted
most, we were ready to meet the challenge of a record
monthly demand and serve our customers with the reliable
power that they needed to keep their homes and businesses
cool and comfortable," Russell said.
"While the weather was one factor in today's
customer demand, this record also reflects the state's
recovering economy. We've seen the power demand
from our industrial customers increase for three years in a
row and that's encouraging sign of economic growth from
some of the state's key job providers."
Russell said the Consumers Energy system performed well
during today's sweltering heat and the company is ready
to continue to serve customers through the next several
days of forecast high temperatures.
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy
(NYSE: CMS), provides natural gas and electricity to
6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million
residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
SOURCE Consumers Energy
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