CMS sending 30 to Cleveland to aid Sandy cleanup

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

As Michigan's cleans up from its relatively light brush with superstorm Sandy, more of the state's utility workers are heading east to help in harder-hit areas.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Co. says it's sending 30 employees from a staging area in Dundee to Cleveland on Thursday morning to help First Energy, which had about 200,000 customers blacked out from the storm. In all, at least 300 CMS workers are being mobilized outside the company's service area.

CMS's Consumers Energy unit serves about 1.8 million Michigan electricity customers.

Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. says the number of its blacked-out customers was down to 25,000 by 4 p.m. Wednesday. That's out of at least 120,000 customers that lost service in this week's storm.

DTE's Detroit Edison unit serves about 2.1 million electricity customers.

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