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The utility says gas flow from the station was shut off, putting MI residents at risk of brief service interruptions with wind chills below zero.

Consumers Energy sent an alert to mobile phones in MI asking residents to reduce natural gas use.

Consumers Energy executives asked customers to voluntarily turn down their thermostats to 65 degrees or below, and encouraged industrial customers to temporarily pause operations in an effort to conserve resources.

After the announcement, GM said it will suspend operations at several sites after a request from Consumers.

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In a live Facebook video, CMS Energy CEO Patti Poppe thanked companies for the cutbacks but also urged 1.8 million non-corporate MI customers to use as little natural gas as possible so that places like hospitals and nursing homes would not be without power. Temperatures in MI were at their lowest levels of the week, with readings around negative 12 degrees in the Detroit area and at bitterly cold levels statewide. All gas flow from the compressor station has been shut in until safety and damage assessments can be completed.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV also said it had canceled a shift on Thursday at both its Warren Truck and Sterling Heights Assembly plants and was considering whether it would need to cancel additional shifts. Warren Tech Center employees are also taking the day off. Facilities served by the region's other utility, DTE Energy, are not affected. "We're doing this out of an abundance of caution given the extremely cold temperatures". Automakers usually can make up for a few lost production days by increasing assembly line speeds. Dart Container Corp., switched natural gas boilers to oil and curtailed some operations near Lansing that use natural gas.

Consumers officials say voluntary conservation through Friday, combined with drawing more gas from its storage fields and from out of state, should ensure there is enough natural gas available during the extreme cold snap.

Temperatures in the state early Thursday fell to their lowest levels of the week, with readings around negative 12 degrees (negative 24 degrees Celsius) in the Detroit area and at bitterly cold levels statewide. The Jackson-based utility says no one was injured in the fire Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at its Ray Natural Gas Compressor Station in Macomb County. A root cause analysis to try and determine why the fire occurred has also been initiated.


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