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Utility asks Mich. customers to reduce power use


Consumers Energy is asking its 1.8 million electric customers to reduce their power use because of the heat wave that has gripped Michigan for days.

The Jackson-based utility says temperatures in the 90s and high humidity have pushed up the customer demand for electricity tonear-record levels on its system.

That high demand is expected to continue through Thursday night.

Until then, Consumers is requesting that its electric customers reduce their power use to help maintain the stability of the electric system.

Examples of how to do this include raising the temperature setting on air conditioning thermostats by several degrees; opening the refrigerator or freezer as little as possible; and turning off unnecessary lights and non-essential appliances during the day.

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