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CONSUMERS POWER'S POWER PLANTS RANKED AMONG MOST EFFICIENT IN U.S.

 JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company operates one of the most efficient electric generating systems in the nation, according to a new survey by a leading industry magazine.
 Electric Light & Power in its October issue ranked Consumers Power as the third best utility in the nation for operating efficiency at its coal-and oil-fired electric generating plants, based on 1992 performance. Consumers Power ranked fourth best in this category last year among 100 investor-owned utilities surveyed.
 For overall generating plant efficiency, including coal-, oil- and natural gas-fueled power plants and nuclear plants, Consumers Power improved its ranking to ninth best for 1992, up from 16th most efficient in 1991. Consumers Power's seven-position advancement was the second best improvement of all utilities surveyed.
 "This continued improvement in the efficiency of Consumers Power Company's major power plants extends a tradition of operating excellence," said Michael G. Morris, the utility's chief operating officer. "Our electric ratepayers can be assured that they are receiving maximum performance from the men and women who operate our electric generating system," said Morris.
 Power plant efficiency is measured by heat rate -- the amount of heat it requires to produce a kilowatt of electricity. The utility's fossil-fueled generating plants required only 9,613 British thermal units (Btu) of heat in 1992 to produce a kilowatt-hour of electricity, an improvement from 9,671 Btu per kilowatt-hour in 1991. 1992 marks the 11th consecutive year in which Consumers Power's fossil-fueled plants ranked among the top five utilities in the nation in efficiency.
 Consumers Power's J.H. Campbell Complex, located west of Grand Rapids on Lake Michigan, ranked among the most efficient in the country among single-power-generating facilities. At 718 megawatts (MW), J.H. Campbell Unit Three ranked seventh most efficient in the nation, with a heat rate of 9,191 Btu per kilowatt-hour. J.H. Campbell Unit One, a 265-MW plant, ranked 11th most efficient with a heat rate of 9,236 Btu per kilowatt-hour.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving 6 million of the state's 9 1/2 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power News and Information, 517-788-0333/
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