Wednesday night, Consumers Energy asked customers to limit gas usage and turn down their thermostats following a fire at a gas compressor station in southeast Michigan. The fire limited the supply of natural gas and caused Consumers Energy to open "natural gas peaking storage fields" to keep up with demand.

Consumers Energy says they are "cautiously optimistic" that the efforts are working, but the continued cold temperatures have them asking for more help. Limited gas usage, even by customers served by other utility companies, is making a difference.

Consumers Energy is asking that people continue to limit natural gas usage through Friday, Feb. 1.

Repairs at the compressor station in southeast Michigan are continuing and the station is partially in service.

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