The explanation from Roger Morgenstern, senior public information director for Consumers Energy is that there are two companies (Consumers Energy and Wolverine Power) with poles and wires at two different voltages in that area.
“My understanding is the larger poles and lines are Wolverine’s and they serve Grand Haven Board of Light & Power substations (where power is reduced and sent to customers) off of 172nd Avenue,” he said. “The Consumers Energy poles and wires in that area are at a lower voltage and directly serve the factories and other industrial customers, and run south to 168th Avenue.”
So, what Morgenstern is saying is that the low-voltage poles are needed for industry in addition to the higher voltage poles that serve the rest of the area. And that’s why there’s more than the usual power poles in that area.
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