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CONSUMERS POWER OFFERS WINTER DISCOUNTS TO HOMELESS SHELTERS

 JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 24 ~PRNewswire~ -- Consumers Power Company announced today that it will offer a 25-percent discount to shelters for the homeless this winter. The discount is available to shelters served by the utility for January, February and March energy bills.
 In order to qualify for the discount an organization must have a specific, ongoing mission to serve the homeless, be a non-profit corporation under the Internal Revenue Service code, and have at least 10 beds. In addition, the primary purpose of the facility must be to provide shelter for the homeless. Determination of qualification must be made by Consumers Power for a shelter to receive the discount.
 Consumers Power representatives will contact all known shelters to determine their eligibility. The utility also is inviting inquiries from any new shelters which may qualify.
 "Last winter this program was offered for the first time and 72 shelters in Consumers Power's service area saved $23,104 during the coldest winter months," said James R. Dunn, the utility's consumer affairs director.
 The homeless shelter energy bill discount is part of a broader effort by Consumers Power which includes a commitment of $1.2 million in utility bill credits to low-income customers through its PeopleCare program, jointly administered with The Salvation Army.
 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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