cms en Thunderstorms knock down trees, black out 150,000 in Michigan <p>WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A series of severe thunderstorms has hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula, packing winds of up to 50 miles per hour that knocked down trees, ripped roofs off buildings and blacked out at least 150,000 homes and businesses.<br /><br />The National Weather Service says a trained spotter reports 1.75-inch hail struck Oakland County's White Lake Township in suburban Detroit on Sunday afternoon. It reports 50 mph wind gusts in neighboring Macomb County.<br /> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:29:08 +0000 The Associated Press 18520 at Demolition crews bring down part of a downtown Jackson landmark, sparing another <p>After days of worry, demolition crews successfully brought down part of one downtown Jackson landmark without damaging another.</p><p></p><p>Demolition crews have spent months gutting the old Consumers Energy headquarters in Jackson.</p><p></p><p>But Thursday, part of the building started leaning precariously toward a century and a half old church next door.&nbsp; First Congregational Church and other nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution.</p><p> &nbsp;</p> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 22:21:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 14427 at Demolition crews bring down part of a downtown Jackson landmark, sparing another Consumers Energy moves forward on power plant plan <p>THETFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Consumers Energy is taking steps toward its planned 700-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Michigan's Genesee County.<br><br>The Jackson-based utility filed Friday for approval of a certificate of necessity with the Michigan Public Service Commission. The filing is allowed under the state's energy reform law.<br><br>Chief Executive Officer John Russell says the filing establishes the plant "is in the best long-term interests of Michigan."<br> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:50:58 +0000 The Associated Press 13517 at Consumers Energy wants customers to tie up their dogs to protect meter readers <p>Consumers Energy meter readers may soon start making their rounds with a police escort.</p><p></p><p>The Jackson-based utility announced it is implementing a new aggressive dog policy.</p><p></p><p>Spokesman Roger Morgenstern says last year more than a dozen Consumers meter readers were attacked or threatened by dogs.</p><p></p><p>“The fact is this is the customer’s home. The customers have a right to have pets,” says Morgenstern, “So we’re hoping this would strike a right compromise.”</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 17:46:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 12560 at Consumers Energy wants customers to tie up their dogs to protect meter readers Michigan utilities preparing for Hurricane Sandy <p>Michigan utilities are making their own preparations for Hurricane Sandy.</p><p></p><p>The storm is expected to strike the East Coast later today, but the hurricane's outer bands are being felt as far west as Michigan.</p><p></p><p>“Well, right now we’re monitoring the storm….and seeing how it might impact our southeast Michigan service area,” says Scott Simon, a DE Energy spokesman.</p><p>DTE has already freed up about a hundred contract linemen to help restore electric power in the Mid-Atlantic States that are expected to take the brunt of Hurricane Sandy.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:39:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 9671 at Another hot day without electricity for many Michiganders <p>DETROIT (AP) - Utility workers are battling high temperatures as they work to restore electricity to tens of thousands of Michigan homes and businesses without power following thunderstorms this week.<br /><br /> DTE Energy said early Saturday about 45,000 of its customers were without power, mostly in Oakland and Wayne counties. Consumers Energy reported about 23,700 of its customers without power.<br /><br /> Most of those without electricity lost service after storms late Wednesday and Thursday. DTE says most of its customers should have power back by Saturday night.<br /> Sat, 07 Jul 2012 13:59:12 +0000 The Associated Press 8180 at Triple digit temperatures in the forecast for parts of Michigan today <p>Electric utilities in Michigan are expecting to see a big spike in demand today, as temperatures are expected to climb to 100 degrees in parts of Michigan.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8060 at Triple digit temperatures in the forecast for parts of Michigan today India-based IT company bringing jobs to Jackson <p>The city of Jackson&rsquo;s economy is getting a big boost.</p><p>An India-based IT company announced today it will expand its operation in the mid-Michigan city.</p><p>HCL Technologies LLC is a global IT services company with 90 thousand employees.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The training and development hub its opening in Jackson will create several hundred jobs during the next few years.</p><p>Rajeev Sawhney is a vice president with HCL.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says the training center should employ 300 people within the next two years.</p><p>&quot;And possibly 500 people given that most of our Midwest clients have shown a lot of interest in wanting to avail of the facilities that will come out of this center in Jackson,&quot; says Sawhney.</p><p>HCL is partnering with Jackson-based Consumer Energy, which will allow the utility&rsquo;s employees to receive advanced technology training.&nbsp;</p><p>The hundreds of new jobs will be welcome in Jackson, which like many Michigan cities has seen a long decline in job opportunities.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 20:49:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7442 at India-based IT company bringing jobs to Jackson Consumers Energy loses round in court over refund <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected an effort by Jackson-based&nbsp;<a href="">Consumers Energy</a> to reverse a state order that it repay $85 million&nbsp;to its customers.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Consumers Energy&rsquo;s customers are not getting any new money&nbsp;back from the utility.&nbsp;&nbsp; Consumers already repaid the&nbsp;$85 Million&nbsp;a year ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But&nbsp;the&nbsp;legal fight over&nbsp;the state&rsquo;s order has continued since then.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:48:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 5943 at Consumers Energy loses round in court over refund Northern Michigan dispute over wind farm may land in court <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">A northern Michigan judge says <a href="">a group opposed to a major wind farm near Lake Michigan can take its arguments to court.</a></span></p> Sun, 01 Jan 2012 02:28:39 +0000 The Associated Press 5600 at Northern Michigan dispute over wind farm may land in court Heating assistance for low-income Michiganders might be in trouble <p>Thousands of Michiganders could lose access to tens of millions of dollars in home heating assistance this winter. Last month, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that <a href="">Consumers Energy</a> no longer has to collect money from its natural gas customers for<a href=",1607,7-159-52493-79463--,00.html"> a low-income energy assistance program.</a></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:03:38 +0000 Steve Carmody 3732 at Heating assistance for low-income Michiganders might be in trouble Consumers Energy seeking rate hike <p>Consumers Energy customers may see their monthly electric bills increase by the end of the year.&nbsp; The Jackson-based utility wants to increase the average customer&rsquo;s bill by more than seven dollars a month.&nbsp;&nbsp;Jeff Holyfield&nbsp;&nbsp;is a Consumers Energy spokesman.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 20:07:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3655 at Power restoration nearly done after Monday storms <p>DETROIT (AP) - Utilities say they&#39;re working to complete power restoration after severe thunderstorms hit southern Michigan earlier in the week.</p><p>About 9,000 homes and businesses were without power around midday Wednesday. Thunderstorms on Monday blacked out about 218,000 customers.</p><p>CMS Energy Corp. says about 5,700 of its 136,000 customers affected Monday still were blacked out late Wednesday morning. DTE Energy Co. says that about 3,000 of its 82,000 affected customers remained blacked out around midday Wednesday.</p><p>The storms were linked to two deaths in Michigan.</p><p>The Detroit Free Press reports high winds also blew bricks from the David Whitney Building in Detroit onto part of Grand Circus Park, damaging a People Mover station. Service by the elevated train system was limited Monday and Tuesday, and was being shut down Wednesday for repairs. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:51:12 +0000 The Associated Press 3285 at Power restoration nearly done after Monday storms Business is solid for three Michigan companies <p>Three big corporations in Michigan released their first quarter results today and according to the numbers, business is booming.</p><p><strong>Dow Chemical exceeds expectations</strong> (Midland, Michigan)</p><p>The <a href="">company says</a> &quot;sales rose 20% to $14.7 billion versus the year-ago period, with double-digit increases in all operating segments and all geographic areas.&quot;</p><p>As Andrew Dodson of <a href="">Booth-Mid Michigan</a> pointed out, <a href="">analysts</a> had expected Dow to achieve $13.8 billion in sales.</p><p>Dow&#39;s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (a <span class="bdlink">measure</span> of a company&#39;s operating cash flow) went up more than $600 million to $2.4 billion, &quot;the second highest quarter in the Company&#39;s history,&quot; according to Dow.</p><p><strong>CMS Energy reports net income of $135 million</strong> (Jackson, Michigan)</p><p>CMS Energy&#39;s principal business is Consumers Energy. The Jackson-based company&#39;s reported income of $135 million translates into $0.52 per share, for the first quarter of 2011. That&#39;s compared to a net income of $85 million, or $0.34 per share, for the same quarter last year.</p><p>From the company&#39;s press release:</p><blockquote><p>The first quarter results reflect colder than normal winter temperatures that boosted natural gas and electric sales at the company&rsquo;s Michigan utility, Consumers Energy. Those sales increases partially were offset by costs the utility incurred in restoring service to electric customers after a series of unusually severe winter storms.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Penske Automotive has strong quarter </strong>(Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)</p><p>Penske Automotive Group Chairman, Roger Penske, said, &quot;our first quarter results exceeded my expectations. I am particularly pleased with the same-store retail revenue growth generated in all lines of our business.</p><p>From <a href="">Businesswire</a>:</p><blockquote><p>[Penske] reported a 51.7% increase in first quarter income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders to $36.4 million, which compares to income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders of $24.0 million in the first quarter last year. Earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders increased 50.0% to $0.39 per share from $0.26 per share in the first quarter last year. Total revenue in the first quarter increased 15.3% to $2.9 billion, including an 11.6% increase in same-store retail revenues, due in large part to increases in new and used retail vehicle unit sales. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 16:33:16 +0000 Mark Brush 2267 at Business is solid for three Michigan companies Consumers Energy posts profit in 2010 <p><a href=";p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1532410&amp;highlight=">Consumers Energy</a> has been busy this week reconnecting tens of thousands of customers who lost power during last Sunday&#39;s ice &amp; snow storm.&nbsp; So it could be argued the utility was due some good news.&nbsp; Today CMS Energy announced the Jackson-based utility profits increased last year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:48:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 1406 at Consumers Energy posts profit in 2010 44,000 Consumers Energy customers still in the dark <p>The ice storm was Sunday, but it may tomorrow or Friday before the last Consumers Energy customer who lost power will get their electricity restored.&nbsp;&nbsp; 195,000 thousand CMS utility customers lost power after the storm that dumped a half foot or more of snow and ice on Michigan at the beginning of the week.&nbsp;</p><p>About&nbsp;44,000 are still without power, says&nbsp; Garrick Rochow, vice president of energy delivery for the utility:</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:31:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 1400 at 44,000 Consumers Energy customers still in the dark Cleaning up after the storm <p><strong><span lang="EN">UPDATE 3:50pm&nbsp;</span></strong></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 20:55:43 +0000 Steve Carmody 1379 at Cleaning up after the storm