With the next heat wave expected to spread across Michigan this week, we’re powered up to provide you with safe, reliable electricity.

This spring, we performed maintenance and inspections of our power-generating plants to ensure we are able to keep you comfortable during extreme weather. Our equipment is in optimal condition and ready for when temperatures climb to 90 degrees or more.

In addition, throughout the year we perform inspections and maintenance on our electrical distribution system. We trim trees along thousands of miles of our electrical lines to prevent limbs and branches from damaging our equipment—a leading cause of power outages.

We also make ongoing system improvements to our infrastructure, from upgrading poles and wires to investing in new technologies like smart grid sensors. Smart grid technologies allow us to see problems with our equipment before it causes a power outage, and improves restoration times.

Standby power

When customer demand for power climbs with the extreme changes in temperature, our system sometimes needs an extra boost. For those times, we have a fleet of smaller generating units that can be brought online quickly, making sure customer needs are seamlessly met.

The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant, which we co-own with Consumers Energy, is a hydroelectric plant located on the shores of Lake Michigan, just south of Ludington. It has a generating capacity of approximately 2,018 megawatts—enough to support a community of 1.4 million people in minutes.

We also have 84 “peaking units” located throughout our service territory in the eastern side of Michigan. They can reach full power in less than 30 minutes and supplement our other generation sources when needed, so that we can continue to provide our customers with safe and reliable electricity no matter the temperature outside.