Dorothy Osborne, 76, and Vivienne Kidd, 56, clean up after a sudden storm around the Grandmont neighborhood of Detroit on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

Summer storms, electric vehicles, aging factories can cause power shortages – Detroit Free Press

Dorothy Osborne, 76, and Vivienne Kidd, 56, clean up after a sudden storm around the Grandmont neighborhood of Detroit on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

Summer heat and storms came early this week to southeastern Michigan, and Michigan’s post-COVID-19 economy is heating up.

In a mild taste of what is due this summer, more than 28,000 DTE customers in metro Detroit lost power Wednesday afternoon after a brief but stormy rainstorm.

Link the likelihood of more damaging storms in the future to the annual summer rise in air conditioning and economic renewable energy needs. Next, add new energy uses starting with electric vehicles. Finally, consider the growing list of old power plants that Michigan utilities have closed.

The combination, here and in other states, has led to a heated debate among insiders this spring, which is vital to all of Michigan — and to residents of 14 other Midwest states as well as one Canadian province. The debate is over whether Michigan and the rest of this sprawling central part of the continent are at risk of power shortages and blackouts this summer — or not.

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