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MICHIGAN PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION ISSUES PSI LINE DECISION

 JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company said today it has received the final major regulatory approval needed to build a 345,000 volt ti?ssion line linking it with Public Service Company of Indiana.
 In its order, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) determined that Consumers Power's planned interconnection with Public Service Company of Indiana will be beneficial to the utility and its customers for providing reliable and more economic electric service.
 The order stated, "Based on a consideration of both its quantifiable and unquantifiable benefits, the PSI line will benefit the people of the state of Michigan."
 Today's order concludes a case begun at the MPSC last February after Consumers Power agreed with a local citizens group opposing the line to ask the commission for a determination of the project's benefits. All parties agreed to follow the MPSC's decision. The MPSC's order will be submitted to Calhoun County Circuit Judge Conrad Sindt, who had referred the matter to the commission in November 1991.
 Michael G. Morris, Chief Operating Officer for Consumers Power said, "We're pleased that the MPSC agreed to take up this question and that they decided it in such a timely manner. The process employed by the commission was very thorough and ensured that input was sought from the public and taken fully into account."
 "With this major regulatory hurdle now behind us, we will work to finalize land acquisition needed to begin construction," said Morris. He noted that zoning issues in several townships need to be resolved and a number of permits need to be obtained before construction can begin on the entire length of the line.
 Regarding the question of electric and magnetic fields (EMF), the order stated, "Based on the record before the Commission, the PSI line has not been shown to pose a health or safety hazard resulting from the EMF that its proposed construction and use may produce." In an effort to address concerns of local residents from the line, Consumers Power has voluntarily committed that this line will meet any future EMF standards that might be established either by the state of Michigan or the federal government.
 The line's path was designed to minimize impact on landowners along the route. Consumers Power conducted public meetings during the process of developing the route for the proposed line.
 The project will strengthen the company's transmission system in Calhoun, Branch and St. Joseph counties and create a path by which Consumers Power can economically purchase short-term or long-term power from Public Service Company of Indiana or other suppliers, resulting in substantial net savings to the company's Michigan electric customers.
 The transmission line will extend approximately 60 miles from Consumers Power's Battle Creek substation in Pennfield Township to St. Joseph County's Fawn River Township on the Indiana border. Consumers Power has already secured or optioned about 68 percent of the right of way needed to construct the line. The Indiana portion of the line will extend about 65 miles to Public Service Company of Indiana's Kosciusko switching station near Akron, Ind.
 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/
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