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CONSUMERS POWER PROPOSES OPEN ACCESS ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION SERVICE TO FERC

 CONSUMERS POWER PROPOSES OPEN ACCESS ELECTRIC
 TRANSMISSION SERVICE TO FERC
 JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company today filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a proposed new "open access" electric transmission tariff that would complement its existing transmission services to make its electric system one of the most accessible in the nation.
 The proposed transmission tariff contains provisions for both firm and non-firm transmission service, and would be available to any wholesale power supplier such as an investor-owned, municipal or cooperative utility, independent power producer or qualifying facility under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).
 "This filing keeps Consumers Power among the more progressive of the nation's utilities in providing open access to our electric system. It reflects our historic position providing voluntary open transmission access," said Consumers Power President and Chief Executive Officer Fred Buckman. "By taking this extra step in committing proposed transmission service, we're offering what we believe is a wide menu of electric transmission-related services."
 Today's filing does not amend or supersede either Consumers Power's existing transmission service contract rate, which the utility has had on file at FERC since 1979, or its open access interconnection service proposal, submitted last November and amended in January, which remains pending at FERC.
 The filing offers three classifications of firm transmission service (point-to-point, network transmission service and joint ownership voltage differential transmission service) and commits Consumers Power to expand its transmission service for third parties under certain conditions. Non-firm transmission services offered include: short term, economy transmission service and non-displacement transmission service.
 Today's filing asks FERC to make the open access transmission service tariff effective May 1, 1992.
 Separately, the company today also filed a proposed coordinated operating agreement between Consumers Power, the Michigan Public Power Agency and Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc. that would facilitate formation and operation of a new municipal power pool called the Municipal/Cooperative Coordinated Pool (MCCP). In the proposed coordinated operating agreement, Consumers Power would agree to enter into a new agreement to replace existing coordinated operating agreements with some MCCP members.
 Before filing, Consumers Power sought MCCP's review and concurrence of both the open access transmission service tariff and the coordinated operating agreement. "We're hopeful that this proposed transmission tariff and agreement package will put to rest previous differences of opinion between Consumers Power and the municipal utilities over their use of our electric transmission system," Buckman said. "While we don't have complete agreement with the municipal and cooperative utilities on terms and conditions, Consumers Power believes we have significantly narrowed our differences of opinion on the issues. We look forward to FERC's final resolution," Buckman said.
 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; CMS Energy Corporation ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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