Consumers Energy creates designs three mobile storm units
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Ice storms and heavy snow aren't too far away, and those weather events can lead to downed power lines and service problems.
Tuesday, Consumers Energy unveiled three new mobile storm units which will be stationed in Grand Rapids, Cadillac, and Jackson, ready to head out on a moment's notice.
The goal is to get coils of wire, cross arms, insulators and hardware to crews more quickly following a storm. One unit can service 50 Consumer Energy trucks, and there are enough cross arms and hardware for about 50 to 75 poles.
"Anytime that they have to delay because of moving back to headquarters or waiting for material, that's time our customers are seeing in a duration standpoint that we just can't tolerate anymore," said Ben Felton of Consumers Energy.
In a typical year, Consumers Energy responds to damage from 20 to 30 large storms, according to senior public information director Roger Morgenstern. He says they don't expect to need the mobile unit for all those storms.