Winter weather

A utility says some of the tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power in Michigan following days of freezing rain and other wintry weather are expected to be without electricity through the weekend.

Consumers Energy says that since early Wednesday about 229,000 customers have lost electric service due to ice storms. The utility says about 153,000 of its customers were without power Friday morning, with most expected to have power by late Sunday.

The state is processing home heating credit applications for the 2017 tax year. The Michigan Agency for Energy says instruction booklets have been mailed by the state Treasury department and residents may apply for the credit even if a Michigan tax return is not filed.

Home heating credits help low-income Michigan residents with winter energy bills.

The Treasury department says nearly 315,000 people applied last year for the credit. The average credit was $170. More than 83 percent of the credit applications were filed electronically in 2017.