DTE Energy, Consumers Energy face power-outage challenges
Experts say changing and increasingly severe weather patterns and an electrical infrastructure designed for a different time and climate can be blamed for power outages that left more than 800,000 Michigan homes and businesses in the dark over several days.
Get Caught Up: Will Michigan residents face rolling electric brownouts this summer? Study predicts power shortage
A report by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the nonprofit organization that oversees our power grid, said Michigan could be facing power shortages in July and August.
Michigan regulators OK $100M rate hike for Consumers Energy
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan regulators on Thursday approved a $100 million electric rate hike for Consumers Energy, authorizing the state’s second-largest utility to bill the average residential customer about $9 more per month starting in January. The increase for residents is nearly 12% after factoring in other allowed adjustments, the Public Service Commission said. The order also lets the utility spend more to trim trees to reduce power outages. Consumers has about 1.8 million power customers, behind only DTE Energy. “Consumers Energy is taking actions to improve our response to storms, clear more trees and limbs from power lines, and invest in new infrastructure,” spokeswoman Katie Carey said.
Tracking power outages in SE Michigan on Nov. 17, 2020
DETROIT – Power outages piled up Sunday night in southeast Michigan due to damaging wind gusts. We are tracking the DTE Energy power outages in southeastern Michigan right here. READ: Intense wind brings down trees, causes mass power outages across Metro DetroitAs of 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, DTE reported 65,000 customers remain without power. The company said 90 percent of customers would have their power restored by the end of Tuesday. Current DTE outages:As of 9 p.m. Monday, DTE Energy reported about 65,000 customers were without power.
‘No current danger’: 7 Mile Road at Deering Street back open after gas leak investigation
LIVONIA, Mich. – Consumers Energy responded to a gas leak at 27719 7 Mile Road in Livonia on Monday evening. Livonia police say there is, “no current danger.” Police did shut down 7 Mile Road at Deering Street, but as of 5:22 p.m. the road is back open. READ: More local news
Tracking power outages in SE Michigan -- Nov. 1, 2020
DETROIT – High winds blowing through southeast Michigan Sunday are causing power outages throughout the region. Wind advisories are in effect for 11 SE Michigan counties on Sunday afternoon. You can check the DTE outage map here. More than 80 DTE crews are working to restore power to DTE Energy customers. Report an outage to DTE here.
Man hospitalized for 44 days with COVID-19 shares story as Michigan case numbers rise again
He said, ‘You know, you’re huffing and puffing. Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know todayOver the next week, Florka’s symptoms worsened, so he went to the hospital. They’re ripping my clothes off, scrubbing me down.”He spent the next 44 days in the hospital battling COVID-19. Let my wife know to collect my pension,’ you know. I’m going to the ventilator.
House explosion injures two in Commerce Township
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A house explosion in Commerce Township injured two people early Thursday morning. We sent the entire fire department here to put the fire out,” said Commerce Township Fire Chief Jim Dundas. “We had two victims taken to local hospitals.”Commerce township house explosion (WDIV)It’s not known what caused the explosion, although Consumers Energy had technicians at the scene. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office also had a fire investigator at the scene working to determine the cause. More: Commerce Township news
Gas leak forces evacuations in Franklin
FRANKLIN, Mich. – A gas leak along Franklin Road has prompted evacuations at businesses and residences Tuesday morning. Police are calling the leak “major” and are asking drivers to avoid downtown Franklin Road for the next few hours. The road is shut down. Stay with Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit for more information as it becomes available.
Tracking power outages in SE Michigan -- Aug. 2, 2020
DETROIT Heavy rain and thunderstorms Sunday caused power outages throughout southeast Michigan. As of 11:30 p.m. Sunday, the storms had impacted a total of 2,136 customers, according to the company. You can check the DTE outage map here. More than 40 DTE crews are working quickly to restore power to customers. Read: Flash Flood Watch in effect for some Michigan counties until Sunday afternoonReport an outage to DTE here.
Tracking power outages in SE Michigan -- July 19, 2020
DETROIT Power outages are possible in southeastern Michigan on Sunday as there is potential for strong to severe storms in the region. DTE Energy says scattered thunderstorms and high winds are causing power outages throughout southeast Michigan. You can check the DTE outage map here. As of 1:39 p.m. on Sunday, approximately 40,400 DTE Energy customers were without power due to severe weather. Oakland and St. Clair counties are currently experiencing the most power outages.
Fraser fire department investigates building collapse on east side
FRASER, Mich. Firefighters are investigating the cause of a building collapse on Saturday on Frasers east side. Half of a building has collapsed on Groesbeck Highway near 14 Mile Road. Officials from Consumers Energy say they conducted an investigation and the collapse was not caused by a gas explosion. This is an ongoing investigation. MORE: Local News
DTE Energy: Electric rates wont increase until 2022
DETROIT DTE Energy announced Thursday that electric rates will remain unchanged until 2022 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MSPC) approved a regulatory plan on Thursday that will maintain current electric rates for DTE customers. These approved plans will enable DTE to meet our commitment to clean, affordable renewable energy while, at the same time, keeping rates stable for our customers.The news comes after the MSPC previously approved a $188.3 million rate increase for DTE -- a 4.7 percent rate increase for DTE customers -- in early May. DTE is Michigans largest renewable energy producer and, when these projects are complete, the company will generate enough clean energy to power 620,000 homes.Officials say the company will invest an addition $2 billion in renewable energy assets over the next four years. Consumers Energy also requested a rate increase of $244 million just ahead of the pandemic in February, which would result in a 14 percent increase for customers.
Tracking power outages in SE Michigan -- June 26-27, 2020
DETROIT Power outages are possible in southeastern Michigan on Friday and Saturday as there is potential for severe storms in the region. DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are preparing for potential strong winds that could down trees and topple power lines. You can check the DTE outage map here. We will be tracking the outages right here. Report an outage to Consumers Energy here.
Michigan power outages: More than 200K remain without power after severe storms
DETROIT – Thousands of people in Michigan are without power Thursday after severe storms swept through the state on Wednesday. Here are the latest DTE Energy and Consumers Energy power outages:As of 6 a.m. Thursday, DTE Energy reported 137,000 customers without power. As of 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Consumers Energy reported about 151,000 customers without power. As of 11:22 p.m. Wednesday, DTE Energy reported 158,748 customers without power. As of 11:22 p.m. Wednesday, Consumers Energy reported 155,418 without power.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Wednesday, June 10, 2020
DETROIT Power outages should be expected with damaging wind gusts being forecasted for Wednesday afternoon. Local 4 will be tracking the DTE Energy and Consumers Energy power outages in the link above. WATCH Local 4 News at 114 Fast FactsBe InformedA state representative wants Michigan Gov. Rep. Luke Meerman (R-88th District) wants the top boss of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency removed. Ford is recalling about 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because of a nagging door latch problem and a brake fluid leak.
Metro Detroit weather: Cooler, drier day ahead
Huge shout-out to those workers who have been out all night and will be out all day today restoring power. The day ahead will feature a cooler, drier air mass, with skies becoming mostly sunny. Itll be a breezy day, with west winds at 15 to 25 mph, and gusts sometimes above 30 mph. Mostly sunny to start on our Finally Friday, as Brandon Roux likes to call it, but then becoming partly sunny by afternoon with a few widely scattered light showers possible. Mostly sunny to partly cloudy on Saturday, with highs in the mid to upper 60s (19 to 20 degrees Celsius).
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- June 11, 2020
Thousands of people are without power this morning after severe weather moved through the area Wednesday evening and night. DTE Energy and Consumers Energy have crews working to restore power to more than 200,000 customers. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 59,278 as of Wednesday, including 5,711 deaths, state officials report. Tuesdays total was 58,999 confirmed cases and 5,673 deaths. Related: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 hospitalization data trendsView: COVID-19 data in Michigan, beyond
Part of Squirrel Road in Bloomfield Township closed due to gas leak
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. Consumers Energy has closed Squirrel Road between Long Lake Road and Highwood Drive in Bloomfield Township due to a gas leak. Officials suggest using Wattles Road to Adams Road, back to Long Lake Road and vice versa as a detour. The road is expected to reopen to traffic late on Saturday.
Homeowner’s association threatening fines for essential worker’s van in driveway
“I have no other place to park this vehicle,” Stephens said. But the Halstead Commons Condominium Association feels differently and has threatened Stephens with fines if he doesn’t remove the van from his own driveway. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order specifically states Stephens has the right to park the commercial van at his own home. The association appreciates the work that he provides as an essential worker. “We have attempted to determine which executive order he is relying on and which provision of that executive order he is relying on, but so far we have not received a response.
Consumers Energy: About 50,000 without power in Michigan after storms
DETROIT - Consumers Energy crews are working Wednesday to restore power to about 50,000 customers in Michigan after storms and strong winds. Our crews will continue working into the night to return power to as many people as possible, as soon as possible, said Greg Salisbury, Consumers Energy vice president. Be alert to crews working along roads. Consumers Energy will trim or remove trees interfering with electric restoration activities. Crews will reconnect the wires to a home, but only a licensed electrician can repair or replace a mast or a cable.
Kern Road north of Silverbell Road in Orion Township closed due to gas main break
Consumers Energy will be making the repairs and the road is expected to reopen later Monday. (WDIV)ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A private contractor has hit a gas main causing Kern Road to close just north of Silverbell Road in Orion Township, according to the Road Commission for Oakland County. Consumers Energy will be making the repairs and the road is expected to reopen later Monday. Kern Road is a detour for the Adams and Gunn roads closure and motorists will need to seek an alternate route. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Lost power in Michigan? You may be eligible for credit on next bill
If you lost power this past weekend as storms and dangerous heat moved through Michigan, you may be eligible for a credit. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today reminded Consumers Energy and DTE customers they may be eligible for a $25 credit if they were without power for more than 16 hours as a result of recent electric outages. Consumers are eligible for a credit under normal conditions if the utility fails to restore service within 16 hours after an outage resulting from conditions other than catastrophic conditions. Any customer of an electric utility regulated by the Michigan Public Service Commission is eligible for this credit. Customers must contact their utility to determine whether they are eligible for the credit.
Gas leak has Farmington Hills neighbors on edge, frustrated
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Residents on Greythorne Trail in Farmington Hills have been reporting the smell of natural gas for weeks. Neighbors say the utility workers deemed it an insignificant hole in a gas line T-joint and told them not to worry. They posted dozens of remarks, many describing how frustrated they are with the lack of action when the smell of gas is so obvious. Consumers knows very well about the leak as its crews have been out four or five times in recent weeks. But a concerned neighbor called Consumers about the gas smell three days ago and the new complaint apparently sat on a desk when it shouldn't have.