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Utility: February's cold led to record natural gas usage by homes, businesses in Michigan

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JACKSON, Michigan — A Michigan utility says February's bitterly cold temperatures led to record natural gas usage by homes and businesses that it serves.

Consumers Energy says Monday it had its most natural gas delivered in 24 hours, from 1 p.m. Feb. 19 to 1 p.m. Feb. 20. Temperatures fell to more than 20 below zero across the state during that period. The previous record was from Jan. 18-19, 1994.

The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says it had the most natural gas delivered in an hour, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Feb. 20. The previous record was Jan. 7, 2014.

Consumers says natural gas usage rose 11 percent last month from February 2014. The rest of the winter has been milder than 2014, however, and usage is down 2 percent.

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