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CONSUMERS POWER'S GAS BILLS LOWER THAN THREE QUARTERS OF AMERICA'S GAS UTILITIES

                   CONSUMERS POWER'S GAS BILLS LOWER
             THAN THREE QUARTERS OF AMERICA'S GAS UTILITIES
    JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A new independent survey of residential natural gas rates shows Consumers Power Company's gas bills last winter were lower than those of three-quarters of the nation's gas utilities.
    The latest survey of residential gas bills by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) found Consumers Power's gas bills were lower than 75 percent, or 152 of the nation's 204 largest natural gas utilities.  The NARUC survey compares bills for the months of December 1990, January 1991, and February 1991, from the major regulated gas utilities in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
    "Consumers Power expects this coming winter's gas rates will be about the same as last winter's, which is good news for Michigan since last year we were in the lowest one-fourth in the nation," said Michael G. Morris, executive vice president of Consumers Power.
    The utility's three-month winter 1990-91 residential gas bill of $143.44 placed its rates in the lowest one-fourth of gas utility rates in the U.S.  A Washington company's three-month gas bill of $83.07 was the nation's lowest, while a Massachusetts gas utility's $312.59 bill for the three months was America's highest, according to the survey.
    Since 1986, Consumers Power's natural gas rates have decreased 11 percent, despite a 24-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index over the same time period.
    NARUC is a nonprofit organization whose members include regulatory bodies of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
    Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest utility serving almost 6 million of the state's 9 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  It is the nation's sixth-largest gas distribution utility serving 215 cities and villages including suburban Detroit, Bay City, Flint, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Pontiac and Saginaw in 40 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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    /CONTACT:  Charles E MacInnis of Consumers Power Company, 517-788-0333/
    (CMS) CO:  Consumers Power Company; CMS Energy Corporation ST:  Michigan IN:  UTI SU: JG -- DE017 -- 1280 11/05/91 13:25 EST
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