Consumers Energy announces new power outage map

The new Consumers Energy Power Outage map is at http://www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap. Here's a map with the service territory marked – there are no outages to speak of on the map right now. The page automatically switches to a mobile web view if you are coming from a smart mobile device (IOS and Android; not so much Blackberry). There are three views: one for individual detailed outages, one at a city level, and one at a county level. According to the webinar I'm listening to now, the detailed outages are running in real time, and the city/county overview is delayed up to 5 minutes.

For the media, this augments but does not replace the existing direct contacts to Consumers Energy public relations representatives who can answer questions.

For storms in Michigan that come from west to east, it will be useful to watch to see how badly the storm affects Consumers before it gets to Detroit Edison territory.

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