You've got questions, we have answers.

First, we all got a text from Consumers Energy last night.

Credit: McConnell Adams TSM Lansing
Credit: McConnell Adams TSM Lansing

Social media was ablaze as to WHY would they do this in the middle of one of the coldest winters ever?

Here's why.

Consumers Energy has called on customers to voluntarily reduce their natural gas usage following a fire at a suburban Detroit gas compressor station amid bitterly cold weather. (WILX)

Apparently, there was a fire Wednesday at its Ray Natural Gas Compressor Station in Macomb County.

Consumers says all gas flow from the station was shut off, and it activated natural gas peaking storage fields to help meet the demand for gas to heat homes and businesses.

And that is the reason why got that text last night. They are asking us to lower our thermostats to 65 while we're home and 62 when we're gone. And it's for the next 24 to 48 hours.

The Michigan Public Service Commission said all state-owned facilities in the Lower Peninsula lowered their thermostats by 5 degrees to reduce the burden on the natural gas supply. (WILX)

And Lansing BWL posted this on their Facebook page as they are being affected as well.

Due to the statewide natural gas emergency caused by Consumers Energy’s incident at its gas compressor station in southeast Michigan, Dick Peffley has ordered the immediate curtailment of natural gas usage in all BWL facilities. As a result, all BWL offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 31.

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