Record Setting Day in Consumer Energy’s 125-year History

Punishing heat and humidity and the recovering economy pushed customer demand for electricity on June 28 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. on June 28. That eclipses the previous June record of 8,328 megawatts set on June 26, 2007. The all-time customer peak demand record for our system is 8,930,  set on July 21, 2011.

We were well-prepared to meet the record June demand for power from the company’s 1.8 million electric customers.

John Russell, president and chief executive officer, said “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.”

Our system performed well during the sweltering heat and we are ready to continue to serve customers through the next several days of predicted high temperatures. With the temperatures expected to remain high through the weekend, visit our website for tips to Beat the Heat!