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CONSUMERS POWER FILES FOR MPSC TO DETERMINE NEED FOR POWER LINE

    CONSUMERS POWER FILES FOR MPSC TO DETERMINE NEED FOR POWER LINE
    BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company today presented to Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Conrad Sindt proposed consent orders under which the need for the utility's planned electric interconnection with PSI Energy of Indiana could be determined by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC).  It would be up to the MPSC to decide whether to review the case.
    Consumers Power negotiated an agreement on the consent orders with a local citizens group opposed to the project.  The dispute would be certified as a three-county class action in a court case involving a landowner's denial of land access to utility field surveyors doing advance work in support of the power line, which would pass through Calhoun, Branch and St. Joseph counties.  Should it decide to accept the judge's submittal, the MPSC would determine the necessity for the new electric transmission project under Michigan's condemnation law.  If the court signs the cone?nt orders, the MPSC's determination would be final and unappealable by all parties, and operative in all three counties.
    "We're confident the MPSC will find that the people of Michigan will benefit greatly from the savings that this line will provide," said Michael G. Morris, Consumers Power executive vice president.  "With our current power purchases and future power requirements, our customers need the additional options and energy security offered by this project," Morris added.
    Contingent upon MPSC acceptance of the case, Consumers Power and PSI Energy will revise their projected inservice date for the project to mid-1994, in acknowledgement of the time necessary to determine project necessity.
    The 345,000-volt transmission line would stretch 125 miles from Consumers Power's Battle Creek substation to PSI Energy's facilities near Akron, Ind., opening major new power supply options for both utilities' systems.
    Consumers Power estimates the interconnection with PSI Energy will save its customers approximately $5 million to $6 million per year in energy costs by enabling the company to purchase power more economically.  It would also avert the utility's eventual need to improve transmission capabilities in the southern end of its electric system to accommodate the growth of electricity use in southern Michigan.
    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.
    -0-                        11/12/91
    /CONTACT:  Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power Co., 517-788-0333/
    (CMS) CO:  Consumers Power Company; CMS Energy Corporation; PSI Energy ST:  Michigan, Indiana IN:  UTI SU: ML -- DE004 -- 3317 11/12/91 09:14 EST
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