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CONSUMERS POWER EXPANDS HELP FOR NEEDY

 CONSUMERS POWER EXPANDS HELP FOR NEEDY
 JACKSON, Mich., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company


announced today a further expansion of its programs to help the needy this winter as a voluntary action in response to a request from the Michigan Public Service Commission.
 The company will expand the solicitation of contributions for its PeopleCare program, a joint effort involving both Consumers Power and The Salvation Army that has provided winter assistance to Michigan residents in need over the past decade. The utility will now ask commercial and industrial customers to provide financial support for the program. Past contributions have come almost exclusively from residential customers and Consumers Power employees. Last winter, more than 20,000 people received help through record contributions to the program totaling $403,847.
 Today's commitment follows the company's announcement last month that it will provide $1.2 million in utility bill credits to low-income customers through PeopleCare.
 In addition, the company will, for the first time, offer special utility bill assistance to shelters serving homeless people throughout its 67-county service territory. A 25-percent bill credit will be offered to any bona fide homeless shelter served by Consumers Power during the winter months.
 "The Public Service Commission has asked us to go beyond the steps we have already taken to help address the special needs of Michigan's less-fortunate people this winter," said Frederick W. Buckman, Consumers Power's president and chief operating officer. "We share the commission's concerns and are determined to help in every way we can."
 Operators of homeless shelters should contact Consumers Power Company to arrange for the 25-percent bill credit. The offer is limited to agencies with at least 10 beds which have a specific, ongoing mission to serve the homeless. Determination of qualification must be made by Consumers Power for a shelter to receive the credit.
 Low-income families in need of assistance should contact The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army will decide who is eligible for help through PeopleCare.
 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.
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 /CONTACT: Charles MacInnis of Consumers Power, 517-788-2396/
 (CMS) CO: Consumers Power Company; CMS Energy Corporation ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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