Consumers Energy launches natural gas program

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Residents and businesses in Second Township, Michigan expressed a strong interest in natural gas and Consumers Energy listened. The utility and Second Township are working together to significantly expand natural gas service in the area.

Consumers Energy is actively engaging customers, giving them the opportunity to choose clean-burning natural gas for heating and other uses. The response to the program has been positive with a current participation level of 38 percent.

"This is a great initial response and it allows us to move this project into design activities. Natural gas is an abundant, U.S.-based fuel and is going down in price. We will continue to actively recruit customers for this project this year," said Josnelly Aponte, Consumers Energy gas customer attachment program lead.

The project will involve a gas main extension of 36 miles -- the largest main extension by Consumers Energy in a decade -- and will start with a connection to existing facilities in Gladwin in the most heavily populated areas along the river in Secord Township.

Construction is expected to begin later this year. Consumers Energy plans to cut its natural gas rates by 15 percent in April.

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