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CMS UNIT SIGNS POWER CONTRACT FOR NEVADA TIRES-TO-ENERGY PLANT

 DEARBORN, Mich., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS) said today that it independent power unit, CMS Generation Co., has signed a definitive contract with Nevada Power Company to supply that utility with 53 megawatts of electricity from a scrap tires- to-energy power plant to be built near Moapa, Nev., about 60 miles east of Las Vegas.
 CMS said construction of the $155 million plant is planned to begin in the first quarter 1994. When completed, it will be the world's largest tires-to-energy power plant and consume 19 million tires annually, including the vast majority of scrap tires produced each year in Nevada, plus tires from California and other adjacent areas. The project will be developed and operated by CMS Generation Co., which currently operates two similar plants in Connecticut and California.
 "Our agreement means the electricity the plant sells Nevada Power Co. will cost no more than the utility could produce if it built its own power plant or bought the power elsewhere over the 30-year life of this contract," said James W. Cook, president and chief executive officer of CMS Generation Co. "Nevada Power's customers will get a reliable, competitively priced new source of electricity and the project will help improve the environment by making a significant reduction in the region's scrap tire problem."
 Scrap tires represent one of the nation's major solid waste disposal problems, clogging landfills, or, if left unburied, presenting a serious fire hazard and a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
 CMS Generation Co. is the independent power production unit of CMS Energy Corp. CMS is one of the nation's top five independent power producers with interests in 2,229 megawatts from eight operating power plants in the U.S. and South America. CMS Energy was the lead developer of the Midland Cogeneration Venture (MCV), a 1,370-megawatt cogeneration facility in Midland, Mich., the largest such project in operation in North America.
 CMS Energy Corporation is a $3.1 billion (sales) diversified energy company with businesses engaged in electric and natural gas utility operations; independent power production; interstate storage, transmission and marketing of natural gas; oil and gas exploration and production, and utility services. CMS Energy Corporation's principal subsidiary is Consumers Power Company, Michigan's largest utility and the nation's fourth-largest gas and electric utility.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Brogan of CMS Energy, 313-436-9253/
 (CMS)


CO: CMS Energy Corp.; CMS Generation Co.; Nevada Power Co. ST: Michigan, Nevada IN: UTI OIL SU: CON

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