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CONSUMERS POWER FILES WITH MPSC ON PROPOSED ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINE

CONSUMERS POWER FILES WITH MPSC ON PROPOSED ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINE
 JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company today formally filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) a request to affirm the "public necessity" of a proposed 345,000-volt transmission line linking it with Indiana to strengthen the company's existing transmission system in Calhoun, Branch and St. Joseph counties and otherwise benefit its 1.5 million electric customers.
 The request is the first step in the MPSC's consideration of Consumers Power customers' need for and expected benefits from the proposed transmission line with PSI Energy of Indiana. Last November the utility agreed with a local citizens group opposed to the power line to ask the MPSC to determine public necessity of the project.
 "We're eager to demonstrate to the MPSC the need for this electric transmission line and are confident that the Commission will find our case compelling," said Michael G. Morris, Consumers Power's chief operating officer. The proposed line would create a transmission path by which Consumers Power can economically purchase short-term or long- term power from PSI Energy or other suppliers, resulting in substantial net savings to the utility's Michigan electric customers.
 Currently, the only direct interconnection between Consumers Power and utilities to the south is through the American Electric Power system or through a small interconnection with Northern Indiana Public Service Company. Consumers Power can also utilize the proposed line to open up new power supply markets, thereby increasing the competitiveness of power purchase transactions to the benefit of its customers.
 The proposed transmission line would extend approximately 60 miles from Consumers Power's Battle Creek substation in Calhoun County's Pennfield Township to St. Joseph County's Fawn River Township on the Indiana border. Consumers Power has secured or optioned over 64 percent of the right of way needed to construct the line. The Indiana portion of the line would extend about 65 miles to PSI Energy's Kosciusko switching station near Akron, Ind.
 In an effort to address concerns of local residents about the proposed transmission line, Consumers Power has committed to having the line meet any applicable future electromagnetic field (EMF) standards that might be imposed either by the State of Michigan or the federal government, even if -- because of the timing of construction -- it is exempted from such future standards.
 The utility has asked the MPSC to allow recovery of its investment in the transmission line through electric customer surcharges when the line goes into service. Granting the request would authorize the utility to make a $12 million annual surcharge to its electric customers to pay for the $79 million project.
 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 of Consumers Power, 517-788-0333/
 (CMS) CO: Consumers Power Company ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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