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CONSUMERS POWER, CMS GAS PROPOSE GAS TRANSMISSION SYSTEM EXPANSION

 JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company and CMS Energy Corporation's (NYSE: CMS) non-utility natural gas pipeline unit, CMS Gas Transmission Co., today announced they have asked the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) for approval to construct $50 million of new gas pipeline facilities in the northwestern portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula to improve market accessibility of Michigan's Antrim gas.
 Consumers Power has requested authorization to expand its natural gas transmission system up to 51 miles from the northern end of its system near Goose Creek, Crawford County, to its Muskegon River gas compressor station in Clare County. The $33 million proposal would allow for increased capacity to accommodate growing development of Michigan's Antrim gas formation.
 CMS Gas Transmission has proposed to construct a 25-mile pipeline extending its existing Antrim gas gathering system from Otsego County's Chester Township to an interconnection with Consumers Power gas facilities at Goose Creek. The $17 million pipeline would transport natural gas to a proposed carbon dioxide removal plant before the natural gas is delivered to the Consumers Power transmission system. The carbon dioxide removal facility would have an expanded capacity of approximately 280 million cubic feet per day to meet the growing gas treatment needs of Antrim gas producers. Carbon dioxide, which occurs naturally in Michigan Antrim gas, must be removed before the gas is marketed in order to meet pipeline quality specifications.
 "These expansions offer the most efficient and cost-effective use of gas transmission facilities to provide the additional pipeline capacity needed to serve Michigan's growing Antrim production," said Michael G. Morris, Consumers Power Company's chief operating officer.
 "The new gas supplies freed up by these facilities will provide a cost-effective alternative to importing gas into Michigan for gas utilities, including Consumers Power, and for large commercial and industrial natural gas users who buy their own gas. These proposals also offer a route to allow Michigan's Antrim gas producers to access other Midwest markets," Morris said.
 CMS Gas Transmission, the non-utility pipeline unit of CMS Energy Corporation, owns interests in five Michigan pipelines. It develops and manages natural gas transmission and storage projects.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation, is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving six million of the state's nine and one-half 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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