Update: Thursday, January 31, 5:09 p.m.
Consumers Energy says residential customers can turn their thermostats back up after midnight on Thursday. The utility requests that people keep their thermostats at 65 degrees or below until midnight.
Original post: Thursday January 31, 7:20 a.m.
Frigid temperatures across the Midwest are putting stress on the electric grid for Michigan and part or all of 14 other states.
MISO - the group which runs the electric grid for the region - declared a "maximum generation event" Wednesday.
That means electric demand is very high, so utilities are being asked to take a number of steps to conserve electricity - including urging customers to reduce their electricity usage.