Consumers Energy says record high temperatures and Michigan’s recovering economy pushed customer demand for electricity last Friday to its highest level this year. It was the third highest daily load ever for the 125 year old Jackson based utility. Customer demand hit a peak of 8,820 megawatts between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM on July 6th. That level is about 1 percent below Consumers Energy’s all time record of 8,930 megawatts set on July 21, 2011. Consumers President and Chief Executive Officer John Russell says the utility’s industrial customers have increased their power demand for three consecutive years calling it a key sign that Michigan is coming back. Consumers has 1.8 million electric customers.