The polar vortex that descended on Michigan was one for the history books for homes and businesses that Consumers Energy provides with natural gas.
With sub-zero temperatures covering the state, we set a new hourly record for natural gas delivery on Tuesday, Jan. 7. From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., the company delivered an all-time record of 146,367 million cubic feet of natural gas. That surpasses the previous record of 146,013 set from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Feb. 3, 1996.
The company also came close to its 24-hour record for natural gas delivery from 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. Homes and businesses used 3.14 billion cubic feet of gas, falling shy of the record 3.18 billion used from 5 p.m. Jan. 18, 1994, to 5 p.m. Jan. 19, 1994.
We’re working hard to lower costs for our customers as part of our Promise to Michigan to provide affordable and reliable service.
Customers are benefiting from recent investments to enhance our natural gas storage and delivery system. As the fourth-largest natural gas utility in the U.S., we deliver gas to 1.7 million customers.
We also operate one of the largest gas storage systems in the country, with 15 storage fields in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. During this blast of arctic air, more than 70 percent of the natural gas delivered to our customers came from our storage fields. Natural gas pipeline safety.