Local utilities are more ready this year to handle another major power outage. The recent blast of summer heat has many residents cranking up their electricity use.
Lansing Board of Water and Light says the utility is ready for an outage like the August Blackout of 2003. The GM says the budget approved in late May includes $1.5 million dollars for Black Star Capabilities.
This is basically a back-up generator only used for emergency purposes. Lansing BWL has also purchased new two-way internal radios.
Consumers Energy says it too is ready for any emergency that may arise. It says it has enough electricity to provide for its customers and has about 11 percent in reserves.