Washington 10 Gas Storage is a Great Lakes regional gas hub supplying natural gas critical to customers, particularly during winter peak periods. In addition to these traditional customers, Gas Storage is quickly becoming an important “battery” reserve in support of increasing use of renewables such as wind and solar generation. During renewables’ supply swings, gas fired power plants can help meet electric demand. Coal plant retirements will also drive increased demand for gas storage.
Because of this growing demand, we continue to invest in the Washington 10 storage complex. Recently, we installed three additional filter separators (see photo) to capture more particles and enable higher gas flow. This, and ongoing compressor investments, has provided Washington 10 the ability to meet increasing commitments to its customers.
During high demand winter months in the Great Lakes region, natural gas storage provides about 50% of the gas supply needed to meet customers’ demand. On the coldest days of the Polar Vortex in 2017/18, Washington 10 established several records for demand. On January 30th of this year, a fire at a Consumers Energy facility shut down a large portion of their gas supply, as temperatures fell below zero with wind chills in the -30’s. Our DTE team jumped into action to assist Michigan’s gas customers and helped avoid a potential crisis.
Providing reliable gas storage service to our customers is what we do.