Consumers invests in natural gas upgrades

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JACKSON, Mich. (WOOD)– Consumers Energy is spending more than $150 million to update and expand its natural gas system in Michigan.

Of that, $82 million will go to replacing 88 miles of pipeline to enhance infrastructure, according to a Thursday release from Consumers. There will be key projects in several cities, including Kalamazoo and Decatur, throughout the year.

A remaining $68 million will go to replacing or moving lines for civic improvement projects, adding new customers to the natural gas system, upgrading service for customers in specific areas and accommodating business grown.

Consumers said it has hired 450 employees over the last two years to do the work.

The energy company has 29,000 miles of pipeline that serve 1.7 million customers throughout the state, particularly in West Michigan.

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