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CONSUMERS POWER RANKS FOURTH IN NATION IN OPERATING EFFICIENCY

 CONSUMERS POWER RANKS FOURTH IN NATION IN OPERATING EFFICIENCY
 JACKSON, Mich., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company ranks fourth in the nation for operating efficiency at its coal- and oil-fired power plants, according to a new independent survey.
 Based on 1991 performance, Consumers Power operated its 12 coal- fueled and two oil-fueled electric generating units at a fuel efficiency rate that was fourth best among the nation's 100 largest electric utilities. Electric Light & Power magazine, an industry trade publication, published the survey in its August 1992 issue.
 "This is the 10th straight year in which Consumers Power's fossil- fueled generating units ranked in the top five utilities in the nation in efficiency," said Robert J. Nicholson, vice president of fossil and hydro operations. "It means we have been able to generate more electricity from a ton of coal or barrel of oil than 95 out of 100 utilities nationwide," Nicholson added.
 Using an industry measurement known as heat rate -- the amount of thermal energy it takes to make a kilowatt of electricity -- the utility's Campbell, Cobb, Karn, Weadock and Whiting plants in Michigan required only 9,671 British thermal units of heat in 1991 to produce a kilowatt-hour of electricity, an improvement from 9,701 Btu per kilowatt-hour in 1990.
 Coal-fired power plants owned and operated by Consumers Power include: James H. Campbell units 1, 2 and 3 located near Grand Haven; B.C. Cobb units 4 and 5 at Muskegon; Dan E. Karn units 1 and 2 and John C. Weadock units 7 and 8 near Essexville; and Justin R. Whiting units 1, 2 and 3 at Erie. The utility also owns and operates the oil-fired Dan E. Karn units 3 and 4 near Essexville.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric 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 E. MacInnis of Consumers Power News and Information, 517-788-0333/
 (CMS) CO: Consumers Power Company; CMS Energy Corporation ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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