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SOURCE Consumers Energy
JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Viewers of weather broadcasts on Lansing television station WILX-TV will get a view from above of mid-Michigan communities as Consumers Energy sponsors the Weather Authority SkyCam Network.
The first cameras at Sparrow Hospital and Consumers Energy's headquarters in downtown Jackson started operating Monday, Oct. 21.
"Our Promise to Michigan is to deliver the energy you need, whenever you need it. These cameras will be providing a view of the latest weather conditions constantly, just as we are on watch for bad weather around the clock," said Garrick Rochow, vice president of energy delivery for Consumers Energy.
The cameras will provide round-the-clock footage of weather conditions in the communities served by Michigan's largest energy provider and WILX-TV. Weather cameras already are providing footage in Lansing and Jackson, and soon will be operating in East Lansing, Charlotte and St. Johns.
Consumers Energy works constantly to limit the number and length of electric interruptions. Its employees plan in advance of bad weather and deploy crews around the state to respond when storms strike.
The company also created an online map last year that provides information on the location and number of outages at all times, and offers the up-to-the-minute information when energy will be restored. Go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap.
"You can count on these weather cameras to provide you with information you need, and we are proud to be sponsoring them," Rochow said. "Count on us to watch the weather, too, as we work hard to keep the lights on."
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
Michigan residents will be able to view footage from the cameras during on-air WILX broadcasts and online at www.wilx.com/weather. Or check the view by downloading the WILX News app for Androids and iPhones.
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