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CONSUMERS POWER SENDING EMPLOYEES TO JAPAN

 JACKSON, Mich., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- America's fourth-largest utility and Japan's third-largest utility have teamed up for a cross- cultural exchange that will benefit both companies.
 Michigan's Consumers Power Company and Chubu Electric Power Company, Inc. of Nagoya, Japan, have signed a three-year agreement which will permit an executive and information exchange program between the two companies. The agreement runs through 1995.
 As part of the first exchange of executives under the program, two individuals from Consumers Power have agreed to serve a six-month internship in Japan beginning in the first quarter of 1993. The individuals, both based in the utility's Jackson headquarters, are Dennis H. Marvin, director of communications planning and programs, and Charles R. Budd, customer energy programs director.
 "This unique partnership will help foster improved relations with Japanese citizens in general, and more specifically with Japanese citizens and business executives who live and work in Michigan," said J. Gregory Northrup, Consumers Power's director of economic development. An estimated 250 Japanese businesses have started up in Michigan since the mid-1980s, said Northrup, creating approximately 20,000 jobs for state residents.
 Consumers Power employees who participate in the exchange program must be conversant in the Japanese language and must pursue a specific area of study related to the utility industry while working in Japan.
 Marvin, 39, joined Consumers Power in 1983 in the utility's Flint office in public affairs work. He is presently responsible for Consumers Power's communications planning process, the educational information program, the employee suggestion program and corporate contributions. In addition, he also serves as secretary and treasurer of the Consumers Power Foundation. He was recently elected to the board of directors for the Arts Foundation of Michigan, and also recently served as a member of the President's Commission on Environmental Quality Natural Resources Partnership Task Force. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor of arts degree in public service.
 Budd, 35, is responsible for the utility's demand-side management (DSM) activities, including the $65 million "Reduce the Use" program approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission. Budd, a 13-year Consumers Power employee, was previously responsible for wholesale and retail electric pricing operations. Currently he is serving his second term on the board of directors of the Association of Demand-Side Management Professionals, a national association of DSM practitioners. He received a bachelor of science degree in business economics from Indiana University and has a master's degree in business administration from Michigan State University.
 Chubu Electric Power Company serves more than 8.5 million customers over 24,000 square miles in central Japan. It has approximately 20,000 employees in the Prefectures of Aichi, Shizuoka, Mie, Gifu and Nagano. Nagoya, Chubu's headquarter city, is located southwest of Tokyo.
 Chubu's industrial customer base is similar to Consumers Power's industrial customer composition. Chubu's service territory includes a strong emphasis on the automotive industry, with the largest being Toyota Motors. Automotive supplies, motorcycles, ceramics, textiles and chemicals are other large industries in the region.
 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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