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CONSUMERS POWER CUSTOMERS CONTRIBUTE TO EARTH WEEK CELEBRATION

 JACKSON, Mich., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- As Earth Day is being celebrated, the more than 3 million state residents who receive their electric service from Consumers Power Company can take pride in their contributions to the environment through the utility's "Reduce the Use" energy conservation program.
 In the first 12 months of the program, the company has recycled more than 45,000 spare refrigerators and freezers, preventing more than 11,000 pounds of CFC (chlorofluorocarbon) based refrigerant from entering the atmosphere. It is believed that CFC emissions are one of the causes of the depletion of the Earth's ozone layer, thereby permitting harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun to have contact with human, animal and plant life.
 Reusable metal scrap from the recycled appliances has totaled 6,150 tons. In addition, more than 1,150 pounds of potentially hazardous waste from appliance capacitors has been collected and disposed of in an environmentally sound manner, along with 275 gallons of compressor oil.
 "The response by our electric customers to this program has been beyond our expectations, which we're very pleased with," said Charles R. Budd, Consumers Power's customer energy programs director. "Our customers can feel good about their role in removing CFCs from the environment and in recycling usable parts from under-utilized spare refrigerators or freezers," said Budd.
 "Reduce the Use" is the result of a settlement agreement between the utility, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and various consumer organizations. The MPSC approved the settlement agreement in September 1991. The $65 million "Reduce the Use" program, the largest in Michigan's history, includes conservation programs and measures for residential, commercial and industrial customers.
 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.
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis, News and Information, Consumers Power Company, 517-788-0333/
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