Consumers Energy works while Kentwood sleeps

Mapped area is approximate

By Victoria Mullen



Baby, it’s coooold outside! And while some Kentwood residents will be sleeping all toasty-warm in their beds in the wee hours of the morn this Saturday, Jan. 7, Consumers Energy workers will be busy attending to a 138,000-volt power line at the electrical substation near 68th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue.


(Worthy of note, arctic temps are expected to drop to 7 degrees between Friday night and early Saturday morning — but fear not, customers likely will not be inconvenienced.)


The planned outage is scheduled so that workers can safely isolate old equipment and update it. About 2,400 Consumers Energy customers in Kentwood and Gaines Township will be without power for about 30 minutes beginning around 2:30 a.m. — but unless you’re a night owl with a late-night craving for microwaved popcorn at 2:45 a.m., you may not  even notice (well, that is, until dawn breaks and your clock radio needs resetting.)


The outage will affect an area approximately a mile east and west of Kalamazoo Ave. SE from Christie Ave. SE south to approximately 100th Street SE. Residents in that area received post cards from the utility alerting them to the outage.