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FERC APPROVES CONSUMERS POWER OPEN ACCESS INTERCONNECTION SCHEDULE

 FERC APPROVES CONSUMERS POWER OPEN ACCESS INTERCONNECTION SCHEDULE
 JACKSON, Mich., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company today announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved its amended "open access" electric interconnection service schedule with modifications. Consumers Power intends to abide with FERC's changes.
 The FERC approval allows independent power producers, municipalities, cooperatives and other utilities to sell their power to Consumers Power for resale to electric utilities interconnected with Consumers Power. In compliance with the FERC order, Consumers Power will make the interconnection service schedule available to all qualifying facilities under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).
 "This 'buy-sell' interconnection service, together with an existing transmission tariff we have had on file since 1979 and a proposed new multiple option open access transmission tariff still pending at FERC, keeps Consumers Power among the more progressive of the nation's utilities in providing open access to our electric system," said Consumers Power Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Morris. "We are pleased that the FERC has authorized this service, which is part of Consumers Power's expanding menu of open access transmission and transmission-related services available to prospective customers," Morris added.
 FERC denied motions by the Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group (MMCG) and the American Public Power Association (APPA) to either reject the interconnection schedule, or to set it for hearing and a request for declaratory order. The FERC found these requests procedurally defective and without substantive merit.
 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 Company, 517-788-0333/
 (CMS) CO: Consumers Power Company; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ST: Michigan IN: UTI OIL SU:


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