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FLOOD VICTIMS TO BE AIDED BY CONSUMERS POWER BILL MESSAGE

    JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Great Plains victims of The Big Flood will benefit from a suggestion by a Detroit-area natural gas customer of Consumers Power Company, which the state's largest utility is implementing this week.
    Electric and natural gas bills, beginning today, will include the following message:  "Many of our customers have expressed a desire to help people affected by flooding in the Midwest.  Contributions are being accepted by:  The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 18062, Lansing, MI 48901."  Consumers Power sends an electric, or natural gas bill, or a combination of both, to 2.2 million Michigan households and businesses.
    Kathy E. Vitale, a resident of Roseville, a small community west of St. Clair Shores, recently contacted Consumers Power to suggest that the utility include information in its electric and natural gas bills on how customers could send financial assistance to flood victims.
    "I have relatives in the St. Louis area and I know how much these people are suffering from the flooding," said Vitale.  "Consumers Power reaches millions of people throughout Michigan.  I thought this would be an effective way of channeling resources from Michigan residents to help flood victims," Vitale said.
    Customer contributions to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief effort will be specifically designated to assist victims of flooding in the Great Plains.
    "We applaud Kathy Vitale for taking the initiative to call us with this excellent suggestion," said Fred Buckman, Consumers Power's president and chief executive officer.  "While we are unable to respond to most emergencies through a bill message to our customers, we believe that the extraordinary magnitude of the Great Plains flooding warrants this appeal for assistance," 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, News and Information, Consumers Power Company, 517-788-0333
    (CMS) CO:  CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY IN:  UTI ST:  MI


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