Consumers Energy Kicking Off Local National Night Out Activities

Tuesday Event Features Media, Government and Law Enforcement Leaders

Aug 03, 2015, 06:00 ET from Consumers Energy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy will be joined by local broadcast media, law enforcement officers and governmental officials to host an early morning kick-off Tuesday, Aug. 4, promoting the 32nd Annual National Night Out.

On-air personality Andy Rent from "The River" 100.5 FM is scheduled to join Eva Aguirre Cooper from WOOD-TV to broadcast live from Consumers Energy's office east of U.S. 131, between 36th and 44th streets. Two large Consumers Energy trucks will have their buckets extended 75 feet above U.S. 131 to help draw attention to the 5 to 9 a.m. event in Wyoming, just south of Grand Rapids.

"This event heightens awareness of crime and drug prevention. We thank WOOD-TV 8 and 'The River' 100.5 FM for helping us promote that message," said Michele Kirkland, Consumers Energy vice president of energy operations. "We also appreciate the support we receive from our cities and law enforcement agencies. It helps us make good on our Promise to care for the Michigan communities we serve."

Consumers Energy representatives, along with local organizers, governmental leaders and law enforcement officials from Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Rockford, Walker, Wyoming and the Kent County Sheriff's Department, will host the event outside the company's Clay Avenue service center. Refreshments, including donuts and coffee donated by local businesses, will be provided.

Consumers Energy employees and law enforcement officials will be distributing energy-efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs. CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy than a normal incandescent bulb, can last up to nine years and are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, including porch lights.

For the 21st consecutive year, Consumers Energy was recognized by the National Association of Town Watch as the recipient of a "National Electric Utility Award" for its participation in National Night Out in 2014.

National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to:

  • Heighten crime prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The 2015 event is expected to be the largest ever, involving approximately 38 million people in more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. Residents are encouraged to participate by turning on their porch lights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and to take part in any community activities planned.

National Night Out also includes a number of neighborhood and community-level events to support anti-crime efforts. In the Grand Rapids area, events include the South Kent Night Out Against Crime, organized by the Kent County Sheriff's Department, from 4-8 p.m. outside Peppino's Restaurant, 1515 Eastport Drive SE. Consumers Energy is among the participants at this free event, which will also include a Consumers Energy bucket truck, fire and police vehicles, equipment and displays, games, food, prizes, music and dancing.

Consumers Energy also is participating in National Night Out activities in Howard City, Battle Creek, Flint Township, Saginaw Township, East Tawas, Roscommon and Pontiac. 

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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