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 STERLING, Conn., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's largest waste tire-fueled power plant, the Exeter Energy Project located in Sterling, was dedicated today in ceremonies featuring officials of the state of Connecticut, town of Sterling, business, labor and representatives of the U.S. energy industry.
 "CMS Generation is committed to the technology of extracting usable energy trapped in waste tires for both the production of electricity and to help solve the nation's waste tire disposal problem," said James W. Cook, president of CMS Energy Corporation's (NYSE: CMS) independent power unit, CMS Generation Co. CMS Generation holds a 50-percent ownership interest in the Exeter plant and operates the facility.
 At the dedication, Exeter Plant Manager Ken Wycherley announced the creation of a $2,000 scholarship fund, the Exeter Energy Scholastic Achievement Award, to be awarded annually to one or more graduating students of Sterling Memorial School by a committee representing local government, education, economic development and Exeter plant officials.
 "This scholarship fund is a demonstration of the Exeter plant's commitment to be a good neighbor and citizen in the town of Sterling," said Wycherley. "The scholarship will be awarded every year, for the life of the plant, to help Sterling students receive the educational opportunities they need," Wycherley added.
 The $110 million Exeter Energy Project consumes approximately 30,000 waste tires per day -- 10 million per year -- enough to handle all of the scrap tires discarded in Connecticut and over one-half the scrap tires from the entire New England region.
 The Exeter Energy Project is capable of generating 26 megawatts of electricity, enough to serve a community of 15,000 people, and was designed and constructed by NEPCO, a subsidiary of Zurn Industries (NYSE: ZRN). The plant's output is sold to Connecticut Light and Power Company under a long-term agreement. Co-owners include Nissho Iwai American Corp., which holds a 49-percent interest, and Black & Veatch, which holds a 1-percent interest.
 CMS Generation is also developing a 53-megawatt scrap tire-fueled power plant near Moapa, Nev., with construction scheduled to begin in the first half of 1994 pending approval from the Nevada Public Service Commission.
 CMS Generation Co. is the independent power production unit of CMS Energy Corporation. CMS is one of the nation's top five independent power producers with interests in 3,567 megawatts from 10 operating power plants in the United States 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 $3.4 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: Kelly M. Farr of CMS Energy Corporation, 313-436-9253/

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