Consumers Energy, a unit of Michigan-based CMS Energy, is stationing three new mobile storm units across Michigan to help crews restore power more quickly after damaging storms that cause power outages.
The 53-foot long box semi-trailers will be staffed during storm deployment by company storeroom personnel and are ready to roll out with short notice, according to Consumers. The units are equipped with items most often needed for storm work: cross arms, insulators, coils of wire, hardware and other equipment.
Strategically located in Grand Rapids, Jackson and Cadillac, the mobile storm units will be deployed to areas where powerful storms are forecast to hit, and will serve as staging areas for crews performing service restoration.
The mobile storm units were outfitted in Grand Rapids, and are being delivered to their home headquarters.
Consumers Energy is the principal unit of CMS Energy, which provides natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.