Recovering from the storm: Helping Consumers Energy restore power to 255K Michigan residents
In late Aug. 2018, severe rain and thunderstorms brought winds exceeding 60 miles per hour, tornadoes, and a flood watch to large portions of Michigan. Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, estimated that more than 3,000 wires were down and dozens of utility poles broken across the state. As a result, 255,000 customers lost power.
Consumers Energy mobilized crews from across Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana to restore power as quickly as possible. As part of this effort, Leidos provided more than 500 hours of damage assessment support. We mobilized support teams across the state to provide an overview of system damage. We also provided constant communication to local damage assessment coordinators concerning the complexity of the damage, equipment needs, access routes, unusual field conditions, material needs, and crewing or foot patrol requirements.
Consumers Energy is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and provides natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents. Leidos works with Consumers Energy providing distribution engineering design support to the utility’s Low Voltage Distribution Engineering team with a footprint that spreads across the state in 14 local headquarters.