How Consumers Energy Gets Natural Gas to your Michigan Home, Business

Consumers Energy knows gas. As one of the largest natural gas distribution companies in the U.S., we operate more than 27,000 miles of pipeline and serve more than 1.7 million customers in Michigan. We’re consistently increasing the reliability of our natural gas pipelines to match gas pipeline quality standards, and protecting the safety of our neighbors who live or work near our pipelines and facilities.

Natural Gas: Get the Facts

Natural gas is a low-cost, versatile industry source that when burned, produces energy in the form of heat and light. Check out these natural gas facts you need to know:

We purchase natural gas in the summer when the prices are low, and used in the winter to protect customers from buying gas at peak prices.
We purchase natural gas in the summer when the prices are low, store it in underground fields and provide it to customers in the winter, which helps protect from buying gas at peak prices.

Q. What is Natural Gas?

  • Layers of buried plants and animals from thousands of years ago create a fossil fuel called natural gas, that contains energy stored from the sun in the form of carbon
  • When the fossil fuel is exposed to intense heat and pressure, its stored energy can be transferred into power

Q. How is Natural Gas Produced?

  • Natural gas is extracted from underground storage
  • It’s then treated at gas plants to remove any contaminates
  • Pipelines transport the natural gas to our power plants so it can be converted to electricity

Q. What are the three ways power plants can convert natural gas to electricity?

  1. After burning the gas in a boiler to produce steam, it’s then used by a steam turbine to generate electricity
  2. By burning natural gas in a combustion turbine, it can then generate electricity
  3. By combining the two methods above, natural gas can be generated into electricity. The process includes burning the natural gas in a combustion turbine, using the hot combustion turbine exhaust to create steam, which drives a steam turbine.

Get energy-savings and natural gas safety tips at ConsumersEnergy.com/gascenter.

Q. What if you smell natural gas or a “rotten egg” odor?

  • Leave the area immediately
  • Call us toll-free at (800) 477-5050 from a safe location
  • We’ll respond 24/7 at no charge