Consumers Energy Can Move Forward with Pilot Program to Bury Electrical Lines

Consumers Energy will engage in a pilot program in six counties with an aim to reduce power outages.

Following approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission, Consumers will invest $3.7 million to bury ten miles of overhead power lines in the next year in areas known for frequent outages. Those counties include Genesee, Livingston, Allegan, Ottawa, Montcalm, and Iosco.

The energy company already utilizes underground lines in its grid, making up about 15 percent of the overall electrical transmission. Most of those areas are in subdivisions and areas of high population density, according to Consumers. The company has plans to bury an additional 1,000 miles of transmission lines over the next five years, which will be subject to regulatory approval.