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COURT CASE ARGUED -- MAY AFFECT MICHIGAN'S ECONOMY

 LANSING, Mich., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group (MMCG):
 The Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., today heard arguments in a case involving tens of millions of dollars annually for Michigan's economy. The case is a challenge by Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley and the Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group (MMCG) to the deregulated status of the Midland Cogeneration Venture power plant (MCV).
 Said MMCG Steering Committee Chairman Joseph Wolfe, "A court decision that the MCV is a regulated utility will help Michigan's economy by reducing the amount that Michigan's citizens and businesses, including our utilities, pay Consumers Power for electricity. This will keep several tens of millions of dollars a year here in Michigan and boost our economy by helping Michigan keep existing businesses and attract new businesses."
 The case involves an appeal of an agency ruling that the MCV is a deregulated "cogenerator." MMCG and the Attorney General say that because the MCV is owned and controlled by Consumers Power Company, in violation of Federal law, it is a utility whose rates must be regulated. Regulation would reduce the $415 million that Consumers Power pays the MCV annually for electricity. The Michigan Public Service Commission has severely criticized Consumers Power Company for "self-dealing" in its transactions with the MCV.
 Said Wolfe, "It is ironic that Consumers Power's parent company, CMS Energy, has been outspoken against the President's energy tax, claiming increased energy rates will harm Michigan's economy and force poor people to 'face the choice of heat or eat' when Consumers Power buys over-priced power from its MCV affiliate that has similar effects." The quoted statement from CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS) came in a March 3 statement.
 MMCG is made up of municipally owned electric utilities who provide over one-half million people in Michigan with electricity. Members include the communities of Charlevoix, Chelsea, Grand Haven, Harbor Springs, Hart, Holland, Lansing, Lowell, Petoskey, Portland, St. Louis, Traverse City, Zeeland and others. Hillsdale, Coldwater, Union City, Marshall and Clinton participate through Michigan South Central Power Agency.
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 /CONTACT: Michelle Smith of MMCG, 517-323-8919, or attorney Robert Jablon, 202-879-4070, for MMCG/
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