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  • Michigan has more natural gas reserves than any other state in the Great Lakes region.
  • The Antrim natural gas fields, in the state's northern Lower Peninsula, are among the largest in the nation.
  • Michigan has the most underground natural gas storage capacity of any state in the nation and supplies natural gas to neighboring states during high-demand winter months.
  • Michigan is a substantial generator of electricity from wood and wood waste.
  • Natural gas heats roughly four-fifths of Michigan homes.
  • Bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan has access to the nation’s greatest sources of fresh water with more than 5,000 cubic miles of fresh water bordered by more than 9,000 miles of shoreline.
  • With an average cost of 9.40 cents per kilowatt hours, the state ranks 20th in electricity pricing. Industrial pricing averages 7.08 cents per kilowatt hour.
    (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Electricty: Michigan is one of the leading states supporting electric customer choice. In Southwest Michigan, Consumers Energy, Indiana Michigan Power and Midwest Energy Cooperative are the main providers. Average costs can be substantially lower than the state’s average based upon service territory, load and efficiency.

Natural gas: With over one-tenth of the nation’s natural gas storage capacity, Michigan cycles more natural gas through underground storage than any other state in the nation. An added benefit to customers is their ability to purchase directly from licensed alternative gas suppliers. Major regional suppliers include Consumers Energy and Midwest Energy Cooperative. Commercial and industrial customers can receive much lower than average costs based on usage and choice of supplier.

Water and Sewer:
Individual municipalities provide resources directly to the customer.

Telecommunications: With more than 200 licensed providers, Michigan offers a competitive, open market for residential and commercial telecommunications customers. This comes in handy as nearly one-fourth of Michigan businesses allow their employees to telework according to a 2010 report by Connect Michigan.

Internet Access: According to the Connect Michigan report, more than 70% of Michigan businesses use broadband for high-speed access to information with a median monthly price of $67.00. Statewide, 84% of all Michigan businesses use a computer. And, Michigan is aggressively working to bring broadband services to its most rural areas; just check out LYNX Network, one of our local companies. What this means is that Michigan is in the top 25% of states in terms of technology adoption and usage. 

Southwest Michigan is connected!