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CONSUMERS POWER SUPPORTS NATURAL GAS VEHICLE CHALLENGE '92

 CONSUMERS POWER SUPPORTS NATURAL GAS VEHICLE CHALLENGE '92
 JACKSON, Mich., May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company engineers Edward Cox, Donald Harning and Dennis Measel are serving as industry liaisons for the Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Challenge '92, which begins today in Sarnia, Ontario, and concludes Monday at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich.
 The test of natural gas-powered vehicles from 22 universities and colleges in the U.S. and Canada gives student engineering teams the opportunity to show off their design skills while competing for $15,000 in prizes. Two Michigan universities, GMI Engineering Institute in Flint and the University of Michigan at Dearborn, are represented in the competition. Each student team converted a 1991 General Motors GMC Sierra 2500 pickup truck from gasoline power to dedicated natural gas. Eligibility for the Challenge '92 is limited to teams that completed the 1991 NGV Challenge. This year's competition tests performance in exhaust emissions, fuel economy, performance criteria such as cold starts and acceleration and design innovations.
 "As a demonstration of its commitment to natural gas vehicle use, Consumers Power is pleased to help support the 1992 NGV Challenge," said Bob Girard, the utility's senior market services representative.
 Cox, senior sales engineer in Consumers Power's Royal Oak-based Metro Region, has been assigned to assist the University of Tennessee team. Harning, senior market services engineer, will serve as liaison for the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal team. Measel, senior sales consultant, has been assigned to assist the University of Alabama team. All three are active in the utility's new NGV program targeting fleet customers in Consumers Power's suburban Detroit service area.
 The NGV Challenge is organized by Argonne National Laboratory and the Society of Automotive Engineers, with support from industry sponsors.
 Consumers Power this month launched its involvement in use of NGVs by adding to its fleet Michigan's first original equipment vehicles manufactured to use clean-burning natural gas. The utility also opened its first natural gas refueling station at its Pontiac service center.
 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. It is the nation's seventh- 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, 517-788-0333/
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