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Regulators say Michigan's energy supply and delivery systems are adequate to meet demand, but improvements should be made after extreme winter weather led to electric and natural gas emergencies.

The state Public Service Commission this week submitted an initial 247-page energy assessment to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who requested it after the Jan. 30-31 polar vortex.

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Consumers Energy natural gas customers in Kent County - and across the state - are being asked to voluntarily reduce their usage over the next couple of days after a fire at a southeastern Michigan compressor station damaged equipment.

Consumers Energy realizes this is a difficult but necessary request at a time when the state is gripped by an arctic air mass.

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Environmental groups are taking another shot at trying to stop construction of a natural gas pipeline that will run across northern Ohio and into Michigan and Canada.

The Sierra Club and others are behind a lawsuit filed Monday challenging a federal commission's decision to allow construction of the NEXUS pipeline, which recently began.

The 255-mile-long pipeline is one of several being built or in the planning stages to carry gas from shale fields in Appalachia.

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Consumers Energy plans to spend nearly $225 million this year to upgrade its Michigan natural gas system.

The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says Monday work includes infrastructure replacement projects; upgrades to compressor and pressure regulation facilities; and upgrades to accommodate new business and residential customers.

Michigan State University is no longer burning coal at the power plant on its East Lansing campus.

The school is now using only natural gas and says Tuesday that all of its remaining coal reserves have been burned at the T.B. Simon Power Plant, which generates steam for heating and electrical power.

Emissions from the plant are expected to be reduced by about 32 percent.

The move is part of the university's Energy Transition Plan which provides a framework for Michigan State's energy decisions.

DETROIT (AP) - DTE Energy Co. says $1.4 billion in investment is planned in Michigan natural gas pipeline infrastructure over the next five years.

The Detroit-based utility says Wednesday investments by DTE Gas will help maintain the natural gas system's safety and reliability while keeping prices affordable.

Plans call for modernizing cast iron and steel main pipelines with newer, more-durable material. New service lines to homes and businesses will be installed. Crews this year are on track to replace more than 100 miles of gas main lines, up from 80 miles in 2015.

Gas smell prompts evacuation at Western Michigan dorm

Feb 4, 2016

Officials say the smell of natural gas on the campus of Western Michigan University prompted the evacuation of about 300 students from their dorm rooms.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports students returned to their rooms around 4:30 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Stinson halls on the school's Kalamazoo campus after being evacuated earlier in the morning as a precautionary measure.

School spokeswoman Cheryl Roland says gas service to the dorms was turned off and a generator was being used at the building as officials investigated.

Michigan natural gas price comparison site now available

Oct 6, 2015

The Michigan Public Service Commission has unveiled a natural gas price comparison website that's designed to help consumers choose a provider.

The Michigan Public Service Commission says its natural gas website includes prices currently charged by alternative gas suppliers that are actively marketing or enrolling customers in Michigan, as well as the basic terms and conditions of their offers. It also includes information about charges by major utilities.