June 11, 2008 / 2:23 PM / in 11 years

Some 150,000 Michigan customers still without power

NEW YORK, June 11 (Reuters) - About 150,000 homes and businesses in Michigan remained without power early Wednesday following a series of severe thunderstorms from June 6 to 10, local power companies said.

Detroit Edison, a subsidiary of DTE Energy Co (DTE.N), said 140,000 customers were still without power, down from 360,000 customers affected.

The company said it expected to restore the vast majority by the end of Thursday, but some customers in the hardest hit areas may have to wait until the weekend.

Consumers Energy, a subsidiary of CMS Energy Corp (CMS.N), said just 12,000 customers remained without service Wednesday morning, down from more than 320,000 affected.

Consumers expected to restore power to the majority of the remaining customers later Wednesday, but some in the hardest hit areas would have to wait until Thursday.

DTE, of Detroit, owns and operates about 11,000 MW of generation, markets energy commodities and distributes power to 2.2 million customers and gas to 1.3 million in Michigan.

CMS, of Jackson, Michigan, owns and operates more than 7,000 MW of generation, markets energy commodities and distributes power and gas to 1.7 million customers in Michigan. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich)

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