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FERC ACCEPTS AGREEMENT TO FORM MICHIGAN PUBLIC POWER POOL

 FERC ACCEPTS AGREEMENT TO FORM MICHIGAN PUBLIC POWER POOL
 JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company today announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accepted a transmission service agreement allowing the Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA) and Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative to begin operating a public power pool in Michigan.
 FERC's action cleared the way for MPPA and Wolverine to establish the Municipal/Cooperative Coordinated Pool, to coordinate and dispatch electricity supplies among themselves using Consumers Power Company's electric transmission system. FERC's acceptance, although issued Aug. 5, was retroactive to Aug. 1, 1992.
 FERC accepted the transmission service agreement submitted by Consumers Power between itself, MPPA and Wolverine containing terms and conditions for the municipal and cooperative utilities' use of Consumers Power's electric transmission system in operating their power pool.
 MPPA and Wolverine thus become the first customers to utilize Consumers Power's open access transmission tariff which was allowed by FERC to become effective May 2, 1992. Their Municipal/Cooperative Coordinated Pool has reserved 43 megawatts of network transmission service under the tariff. MPPA power pool members under the service agreement include municipal utilities in Charlevoix, Grand Haven, Harbor Springs, Lansing, Lowell, Petoskey, Traverse City and Zeeland. The public power pool dispatches electric supplies to its members from its facilities in Lansing.
 "FERC's acceptance was the last step of the regulatory process for the municipal and cooperative utilities to get their public power pool up and running. Consumers Power is pleased to be able to begin offering our innovative network transmission service under the recently-accepted open access tariff," said Michael G. Morris, Consumers Power's executive vice president and chief operating officer.
 Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc., provides electric generating and transmission services to seven rural electric distribution cooperatives with more than 140,000 customers in 35 counties in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Wolverine's member cooperatives include: Cherryland Electric Cooperative; O & A Electric Cooperative; Oceana Electric Cooperative; Presque Isle Electric Cooperative; Top O' Michigan Electric Company; Tri-County Electric Cooperative; and Western Michigan Electric Cooperative.
 MPPA is comprised of municipal utilities serving Bay City, Charlevoix, Chelsea, Croswell, Eaton Rapids, Grand Haven, Harbor Springs, Hart, Holland, Lansing, Lowell, Niles, Paw Paw, Petoskey, Portland, St. Louis, Sebewaing, Traverse City and Zeeland.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation, 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, 517-788-0333/
 (CMS) CO: Consumers Power Company; Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative;
 Michigan Public Power Agency ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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