Michigan has been identified as the second state in the United States with the most weather-related power outages, according to a report by Climate Central.

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This report highlights the vulnerability of Michigan's power grid to extreme weather events, which have been increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change.

Michigan's Power Grid Is Below Average

The state's power grid has been described as "poor, at risk," with a 2021 report card indicating a grade below the national average. Michigan's grid struggles even on days with fair weather, but the situation worsens significantly during severe weather events.

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In the summer, storms have left hundreds of thousands without electricity, and a February ice storm resulted in power loss for 700,000 residents.

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Michigan, in particular, has experienced numerous severe storms in recent years, including several in 2023 that caused widespread outages.

Critics of the power grid argue that Michigan's poor performance, compared to neighboring states, is due to inefficient practices by utilities and a lack of accountability from regulators

Who's To Blame For Michigan's Poor Power Grid

Utilities such as DTE Energy and Consumers Energy have been criticized for not implementing best practices to maintain the grid.

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Amy Bandyk, executive director of the Citizens Utility Board of Michigan, pointed out that the weather in Michigan is not significantly different from other Midwestern states, suggesting that the issue lies with the state's grid management rather than the weather itself.

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Between 2000 and 2021, Michigan experienced 132 major weather-related power outages, with only Texas having more during the same period. The majority of these outages were caused by severe weather, including thunderstorms and high winds.

Power Outages In Michigan Impact The Economy

The economic impact of these outages is substantial.

It was calculated that power outages in Michigan had an economic impact of over $1.6 billion during the 2020-2021 period.

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This not only affects the economy but also poses a significant threat to public health and safety.

In response to the frequent outages, Michigan utility companies are investing in grid modernization and outage prevention systems. These investments aim to improve the reliability of the power supply and reduce the frequency and duration of outages.

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