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CONSUMERS POWER SETS ALL-TIME GAS DELIVERY RECORD

 JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Arctic cold temperatures throughout Michigan this weekend drove Consumers Power Company to the highest natural gas delivery in its 107-year history. Total gas delivery for the 24-hour period ending at 9 p.m. on Sunday, January 16 was an estimated 2.85 billion cubic feet (Bcf). The former all-time record was 2.53 Bcf delivered over a 24-hour period on January 10 and 11, 1982.
 Approximately 62 percent of the record delivery -- or 1.78 Bcf, a new storage withdrawal record -- was drawn from Consumers Power's extensive natural gas storage system, located primarily in Macomb, Allegan, Clare and Missaukee counties. The remainder of the gas is delivered by interstate and Michigan suppliers. Continued frigid temperatures are expected to produce new delivery records later this week.
 "With temperatures averaging around zero degrees Fahrenheit, compared to normal temperatures of around 23 degrees, customers are significantly increasing their heating requirements," said Michael G. Morris, Consumers Power's chief operating officer. "Customers can rest assured they are getting the most competitively priced gas available. Consumers Power is the lowest-cost gas utility in Michigan and our typical residential customer pays less than what is charged by 80 percent of the nation's gas utilities," Morris said.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving six million of the state's nine and one-half million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power News and Information, 517-788-0333/
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