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CONSUMERS POWER WINS STATEWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

 LANSING, Mich., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company's innovative plan to relicense 11 of its hydroelectric plants has earned it an Environmental Quality Award in a statewide competition sponsored by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented today in Lansing to Michael G. Morris, the utility's chief operating officer.
 Last fall, the utility reached a settlement agreement to relicense 11 of its hydroelectric plants with the attorney general for the State of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and the State Historic Preservation Officer. The agreement, filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), has been cited as a model for private and public cooperation for the 237 hydroelectric plants in the nation seeking relicensure.
 Supporters of the agreement include The Michigan Hydro Relicensing Coalition (MHRC), comprised of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, the Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited, and the Anglers of the AuSable.
 "That the agreement even exists is a positive sign. It is promising to see Consumers Power Company sit down at the same table with state and federal agencies and special interest groups and work towards protecting our water resources," said MHRC officials in a news release at the signing of the agreement.
 "We are pleased by this recognition of our commitment to balancing, to the extent practicable, the diverse environmental and economic aspects of our hydro facilities," said Morris. "This recognition builds on our company's long tradition of environmental stewardship, much of which is driven by employee initiative and community involvement."
 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 News and Information, 517-788-0333/
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