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GRAND HAVEN ACTS TO PREVENT CONSUMERS POWER FROM TAKING CUSTOMER

 GRAND HAVEN, Mich., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group (MMCG) announced that one of its members, the City of Grand Haven Board of Light and Power, intervened today at the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to prevent Consumers Power Company from taking one of its customers. The action came in a case filed by Consumers Power to get MPSC permission to provide electric service to Construction Aggregates, a sand dune mining company located in Ferrysburg, Mich. The City of Grand Haven's municipally owned electric utility has served Construction Aggregates for decades.
 In its filing today the City's Light and Power Board strongly opposed Consumers Power's request because it would lead to needless duplication of electric facilities and is not in the public interest.
 Phil Trumpfheller, the General Manager of the City's Board of Light and Power, said, "Consumers Power is doing this over the total opposition of almost everyone involved. The customer has told us they haven't requested service from Consumers Power. And the neighbors are up in arms because to serve the customer Consumers would have to build lines parallel to ours and cut down many trees in the process."
 In 1988, Consumers Power had discussions with the City about purchasing its municipal electric utility, but decided not to do so. Said Trumpfheller, "Consumers Power backed off buying the city's utility and now is trying to take our customers and pay nothing."
 MMCG Steering Committee Chairman Joe Wolfe explained that the actions in Grand Haven appear to be part of Consumers Power's statewide campaign to take over competing utilities.
 Said Wolfe, "Consumers Power's chairman said one of their goals for the 1990s is to take over what he called 'the smaller, less efficient utilities in Michigan.' In the last few years they've been involved in more lawsuits with other utilities, on who can serve which customer, than any other utility in Michigan. In Traverse City they've taken more than 15 customers from that city's municipal utility. And they implemented a policy of making payments to customers of municipal utilities if they would switch to Consumers Power -- but never submitted it to the MPSC, as is required by law."
 Continued Wolfe, "These actions hurt the small utilities and make them easier to take over. They hurt everyone in Michigan because the municipal utilities compete with Consumers Power and serve as a check on its electric rates. I assume in part that's why they want to take us over."
 Grand Haven is one of 41 cities and villages in Michigan which own and operate their own electric utility. Of these, 22 are located in or near Consumers Power's territory, including Lansing, Traverse City, Marshall, Holland, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, Bay City, Zeeland, Coldwater, Sturgis, Hillsdale, Union City, Chelsea, Hart and others.
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 /CONTACT: Joseph Wolfe, MMCG Steering Committee chairman, 517-371-6030; or Philip Trumpfheller, general manager, City of Grand Haven Board of Light and Power, 616-846-6250/
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