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MICHIGAN UTILITIES OPPOSE INCREASED MCV PURCHASES

 MICHIGAN UTILITIES OPPOSE INCREASED MCV PURCHASES
 LANSING, Mich., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released


by the Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group:
 Utilities serving over 1 million Michigan people today opposed a Consumers Power request for approval of increased purchases from its Midland Cogeneration Venture (MCV) affiliate. In pleadings before the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group (MMCG) said that increased MCV purchases would "increase costs to Consumers Power's customers" and "harm the competitive marketplace for bulk power resources in Michigan."
 MMCG's objections were filed in response to a contested settlement proposal submitted to the MPSC July 7 by Consumers Power, the MPSC staff and other power project owners. Under the proposal, Consumers Power's approved long-term MCV purchases would increase from 840 megawatts to 915 megawatts, and new short-term purchases of up to 153 megawatts could occur. Attorney General Frank Kelley, the Residential Ratepayer Consortium and Energy Michigan have also opposed the proposal.
 Said MMCG Steering Committee Chairman Joseph Wolfe, "Consumers Power's continued favoring of its affiliates like MCV through self- dealing leads to unnecessary rate increases, which can cost Michigan jobs and industry." MMCG pointed out that parts of the settlement proposal would continue to violate existing MPSC orders with which Consumers Power has refused to comply.
 When the MPSC rejected a predecessor settlement proposal last April, MPSC Chairman Steve Fetter noted that the proposal has been negotiated among "a small minority of the parties." Wolfe said, "We had expressed our hope that Consumers Power would negotiate in the future with all interested parties to reach a reasonable result so that electric rates would be more affordable for all Michigan residents and businesses. Unfortunately, this did not occur. As in the previous settlement proposal, Consumers Power made no attempt to resolve outstanding issues with MMCG."
 MMCG is made up of municipal and cooperative utilities which serve more than 1 million people with electricity. MMCG member utilities have two general goals: To assure fair prices on the electricity Consumers Power seeks to buy from its Midland Cogeneration Venture and Palisades Generating Company affiliates, and to assure fair access to Michigan's transmission lines.
 -0- 7/22/92
 /CONTACT: Joseph Wolfe of MMCG, 517-371-6030; or Attorney Robert Jablon, 202-879-4000, for MMCG/
 (CMS) CO: Michigan Public Service Commission; Consumers Power Company;
 CMS Energy Corporation ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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