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Consumers Energy Crews Headed East to Assist in Winter Storm Restoration

MARCH 5, 2018 – More than 140 Consumers Energy employees and contract personnel are responding to a winter storm that left nearly 2 million residents in the Northeast U.S. without power.

Consumers Energy crews, including lineworkers, damage assessors, safety personnel and other field employees, are scheduled to depart the company’s Jackson Service Center, 1955 W. Parnall Road, by 5 p.m. today. The Consumers Energy contingent is initially headed for Philadelphia; the crews expect to begin restoration work later tomorrow.

“We are ready and willing to assist our colleagues out East as they recover from this significant storm,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy vice president of electric energy operations. “In the past, we were fortunate to be supported by out-of-state crews following major storms. This is an opportunity for us to return the favor to our fellow line workers.”

Packard said the decision to release both Consumers Energy employees and about 30 Michigan-based contractors who work on its electric system was made after analyzing weather forecasts. He said enough crews remain in-state to address any future weather-related outages. The contractor crews left Saturday and Sunday and are working in New Jersey.