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CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY SYSTEM CONTROLLERS BETTER EQUIPPED TO HANDLE EMERGENCIES, PREVENT SHUTDOWNS

 JACKSON, Mich., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- System controllers at Consumers Power Company now receive certification training -- further equipping them to manage complex, emergency situations and wholesale power transactions.
 The rigorous, 80-hour training course is rare in the utility industry. Consumers Power is among only three companies certifying its system controllers, said Bob Yahrmarkt, senior operations coordinator for system operations at the utility.
 "Support for training is very strong among management of transmission operations," Yahrmarkt said. "The payback is highly qualified controllers capable of dealing with complex operational and economic situations.
 "For our customers, the bottom line is system reliability. In the event of storms or catastrophe, our system controllers are now further equipped to prevent system shutdowns."
 Controllers are certified in 10 areas including voltage control, substation equipment, line equipment, pool operations, transactions and hydro operations. Specialists from the Michigan Electric Power Coordination Center in Ann Arbor are among the instructors who assist with certification training.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving 6 million of the state's 9 1/2 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power Company News and Information, 517-788-0333/
 (CMS)


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