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CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY OPENS FUELING STATION FOR NATURAL GAS VEHICLES

CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY OPENS FUELING STATION FOR NATURAL GAS VEHICLES
 PONTIAC, Mich., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company today opened its first refueling station for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) at its Pontiac Service Center on Featherstone Road near the Silverdome.
 The station, which will provide clean-burning natural gas for Consumers Power's NGV fleet, is capable of fast-filling a vehicle in about five minutes, about the same time it takes to refuel with gasoline.
 At 9 feet wide, 10 feet high and 34 feet in length, the 43,000-pound refueling unit resembles a semi truck-trailer from the outside. It is designed to serve Consumers Power's five new natural gas-fueled pickup trucks, each with 1,400 cubic feet of natural gas storage capacity and a driving range of about 200 miles.
 "Filling up your vehicle with natural gas is as easy as filling any car or truck with gasoline," said Paul A. Elbert, Consumers Power's senior vice president of energy distribution. "It's exactly the same fuel as the natural gas you use at home on your stove or in your furnace," Elbert added.
 The refueling station, manufactured in America by Automotive Natural Gas Incorporated of Milton, Wis., includes twin units -- each with capability of filling 30 standard cubic feet per minute of natural gas into a vehicle's gas storage cylinders. Consumers Power's carport facilities at the Pontiac Service Center have been retrofitted to allow overnight timed filling of the NGVs. The station's off-hours capabilities will eventually be expanded to time-fill a maximum of 24 vehicles.
 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. It is the nation's seventh- largest gas distribution utility serving 215 cities and villages including suburban Detroit, Bay City, Flint, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Pontiac and Saginaw in 40 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power, 517-788-0333/
 (CMS) CO: Consumers Power Company; CMS Energy Corporation ST: Michigan IN: UTI AUT SU:


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