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YOUTH WORK PROGRAM RECEIVES BOOST AS CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY LEASES TIPPY DAM CONFERENCE CENTER TO STATE OF MICHIGAN

 YOUTH WORK PROGRAM RECEIVES BOOST AS CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY
 LEASES TIPPY DAM CONFERENCE CENTER TO STATE OF MICHIGAN
 WELLSTON, Mich., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In a program reminiscent of the 1930s era Civilian Conservation Corps, 30 young people next week begin their summer jobs at an outdoor camp located in the deep woods of Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula.
 The work location for the program is Consumers Power Company's Tippy hydroelectric dam conference center, located on the banks of the Manistee River. The work program is part of Gov. John Engler's Youth Environmental Education Services (YEES) Corps initiative. The work program lasts nine weeks, beginning Monday, June 15, and concluding Saturday, Aug. 15.
 "The State of Michigan appreciates Consumers Power Company stepping forward to provide this facility for the YEES initiative. The YEES program promotes hard work, teamwork and increased respect for the environment," said Gov. Engler.
 "We are pleased to lease our facility for the summer to this important initiative on behalf of young people in Michigan," said Robert J. Nicholson, Consumers Power's vice president of fossil and hydro operations.
 In a 1990s twist, the YEES Corps will undertake projects that are "environmentally challenging and will include such activities as riverbank stabilization, construction of fish cribs, road and trail improvement, and wildlife habitat maintenance and improvement," according to the program's description.
 Consumers Power's Tippy hydroelectric dam conference center was opened in the 1950s as a training facility for utility employees. The site was first used in 1916 for temporary housing for workers constructing the utility's Tippy hydroelectric plant.
 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, 517-788-0333/
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