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FIRST PUBLIC NATURAL GAS VEHICLE FUELING STATION OPENS IN S.E. MICHIGAN

 JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- "Natural gas is the fuel of the future. The American economy and environment benefit through increased use of this valuable fuel," Consumers Power Company Chief Operating Officer Michael G. Morris said today at a news conference in Auburn Hills, Mich., to open the first retail natural gas vehicle (NGV) fueling station in southeastern Michigan.
 The NGV fueling station, an Amoco Oil Company service station, marks the first time that members of the community will be able to refuel their vehicles at a public service station in Lower Michigan. The station, operated by Amoco dealer Ken Andrews, is at 2815 University Drive, Auburn Hills. Consumers Power provides natural gas service to the service station.
 NGVs from a "Clean Across America" national promotional tour were also featured in the afternoon festivities. Clean Across America is a national caravan of the newest products available from major U.S. automakers and the latest natural gas technology. The 18-day tour -- the first featuring NGVs produced and marketed by the Big Three automakers -- began on Oct. 8 in New York City and will conclude in Bakersfield, Calif. It is intended to showcase the diversity of NGVs currently available and a rapidly expanded compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure.
 "Michigan residents will be seeing significantly more natural gas- fueled vehicles on the road as new federal clean air requirements take effect," said Morris. "In order to comply with these requirements, many fleet operators such as the U.S. Postal Service and the State of Michigan have already converted or will convert a portion of their vehicles to run on natural gas."
 At a current retail price of about 75 cents per equivalent gallon of gasoline, natural gas offers a competitive price advantage. "It will be good to have increased competition in the transportation fuel business," Morris said. "As the nation's seventh-largest gas distribution company, Consumers Power welcomes the opportunity to support the NGV infrastructure to power this exciting new market."
 According to the American Gas Association, natural gas vehicles emit 90 percent less carbon monoxide than gasoline. NGVs also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent, and reactive hydrocarbons by 85 percent in comparison with gasoline combustion emissions.
 NGVs will help curb America's dependence on foreign oil because more than 90 percent of natural gas used domestically comes from the 48 contiguous states and Canada. Converting 1 million gas-powered vehicles to natural gas can reduce foreign oil consumption by 80,000-90,000 barrels a day.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving 6 million of the state's 9 1/2 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties. It is the nation's seventh-largest gas distribution utility serving 215 cities and villages including suburban Detroit, Bay City, Flint, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Pontiac and Saginaw in 40 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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