The polar vortex dipping into most of the U.S. midwest and east coast has led to temporary shutdowns at GM facilities in Michigan.
Click On Detroit reported Wednesday that GM has ceased operations at multiple locations as the polar vortex caused a spike in natural gas use and a fire crippled operations at the utility company.
The facilities affected are:
- Orion Assembly
- Pontiac Stamping
- Flint Assembly
- Flint Stamping
- Flint Engine
- Flint Tool & Die
- Lansing Delta Township Assembly
- Lansing Grand River Assembly
- Lansing Regional Stamping
- Lansing Grand River Stamping
- Warren Transmission
- Warren Tech Center
The GM Renaissance Center, Milford Proving Grounds, Willow Run and Ypsilanti CAA facilites and the Center for Human Resources are exempt from the shutdowns as they receive power from DTE.
Consumers Energy asked customers to voluntarily reduce their thermostats to 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the polar vortex to conserve energy following an unexpected gas incident in Macomb County. A gas compressor station ignited and caught fire in the county yesterday morning, which firefighters contained. No injuries occurred, but the cause remains unknown. Thus, gas flow from the station has been shut off.
The utility company has activated reserve stations in case of emergency but stressed consumers should do what they can to conserve energy. A news release from the company confirmed it reached out to its largest customers and requested gas reduction during the incident.
The station was expected to go back online yesterday afternoon, but the company has not provided any additional information about the fire or potential outages for customers. GM also has not commented on the temporary shutdown at its Michigan facilities.