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Governor Whitmer asking residents to turn down heat to 65

Governor Gretchen Whitmer addressing the media on Wednesday night regarding the lowering of thermostats.

Lansing, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer is asking residents in the Lower Peninsula to turn down their thermostats to 65 degrees or lower.

Consumer Energy released a statement asking customers to reduce gas usage. An unexpected fire took place at the Consumer Energy Facility in Armada Township. An emergency alert was sent out to Michiganders this evening. Governor Whitmer held a press conference at 10:00 p.m. Here is Whitmer’s statement.

“I’m coming to you now to ask for your help. Due to extremely high demand for natural gas with these record low temperatures and a facility incident, Consumers Energy has asked that everyone who is able to turn down their thermostats through Friday at noon so we can all get through this with minimal harm.

“So please: turn your thermostat down to 65 degrees or lower and amplify this message by reposting and making sure your friends, relatives and neighbors who are getting ready for bed to turn theirs down too.

“You can play a role in helping people across the state survive these extreme temperatures. Please do. We’re calling on every Michigander to do your part and help us weather this storm together.”

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