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Polar vortex, four leaves Midwest utilities asking customers to turn down thermostats amid bitter blast



Record-breaking cold from the polar vortex, combined with a fire at a gas compressor station in Michigan, causing utility companies in the Midwest to ask customers to turn thermostats down, even as bitter conditions drag on.

The blaze at the Consumers Energy natural gas compressor station north of Detroit on Wednesday prompted Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to ask all residents in the Lower Peninsula part of the state to lower thermostats to 65 degrees or below through Friday.

"I am coming to you now to ask for your help," she said in a statement. "Due to extremely high demand for natural gas with this record low temperatures and a facility incident, Consumers Energy has asked that everyone who is able to turn down their thermostats through Friday at noon so we can get through this with minimal harm." 1

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Consumers Energy's Ray Natural Gas Compressor Station in Macomb County. The cause of the fire was under investigation. The company said all gas flow from the station was shut off, and that activated natural gas peaking storage fields were used to measure demand for gas to heat homes and businesses. the compressor station at Consumers Energy in Armada Township, Mich. Consumers Energy has called on customers to reduce their natural gas using a fire at a suburban detroit gas compressor station amid bitterly cold weather. “/>

Fire comes out of the top of two silo-looking structures at the compressor station at Consumers Energy in Armada Township, Mich. Consumers Energy has called on customers to reduce their natural gas to a suburban gas compressor station amid bitterly cold weather.
       (Todd McInturf / Detroit News via AP)

Consumers Energy's CEO Patti Poppe made an appeal on Wednesday night for customers to reduce their natural gas usage. Localized outlets were possible for some homes and businesses if demand was reduced. gas usage.

Consumers Energy said in a statement Thursday that it is "cautiously optimistic."

 A women's walks down a steamy sidewalk in Detroit's New Center Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 as low temperature dip below freezing.

A steamy sidewalk in Detroit's New Center Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 as low temperatures dip below freezing.
       (Tanya Moutzalias / Ann Arbor News via AP)

"But, with Thursday's historically cold weather, we ask that conservation measures continue through the end of the day Friday, Feb. 1," the company said. 19659003] The incident caused by General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler to either close or reduce shifts Thursday morning at certain plants to help conserve gas usage, FOX2 reported

MICHIGAN PILEUP Minnesota, where utility Xcel Energy asked all its customers in the state to reduce their thermostat to 63 degrees due to a natural gas shortage in the state of the state.

9 am on Thursday

"This step can help ensure that all of our customers continue to have gas service during this bitterly cold weather," said Xcel.

The company made the announcement just hours after first asking residents in the Princeton, Minn.

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At least ten people – including a college student and Indiana police officer – are dead as a result of the bitter, record-breaking deep freeze brought on by the polar vortex that's slammed the midwest most of the week.

bone-chilling cold on Thursday still shuttered schools and caused the US Postal service to suspend mail delivery at several states

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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