Due to extremely high demand for natural gas with the record-low temperatures in Michigan and due to an incident this week at one of their facilities, Consumers Energy is asking everyone in Michigan (who is able) to turn down their thermostats to 65° or less until Friday at noon. Consumers Energy sent out an emergency alert at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night to to notify customers of the emergency situation.

According to Consumers Energy, a fire broke at a suburban Detroit gas compressor station located in Macomb County. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Here's the official statement on the incident from the Consumers Energy website:

“As a result of an unexpected incident at a Gas Compressor station this morning in Southeast Michigan, we are asking customers to temporarily reduce gas usage at this time while we continue to contain the incident and help keep Michigan residents warm during this cold spell,” said Garrick Rochow, Senior Vice President of Operations for Consumers Energy.

And if you missed it, here is the announcement from Gretchen Whitmer: