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STORM UPDATE FROM CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY

 STORM UPDATE FROM CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY
 JACKSON, Mich., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company


crews are working to restore service as quickly as possible to more than 300,000 utility customers whose power was lost during Wednesday's severe storm. Although the final tally is not yet in, it is estimated that more than 400,000 customers were without service at the height of the storm. The number without power has been reduced somewhat today, but service is not expected to be restored to all of the affected customers until the weekend. Customers in a few remote areas may not have service restored until Monday.
 More than 400 utility crews were mobilized immediately when the storm hit Michigan yesterday afternoon. Their numbers are being augmented today by more than 250 crews from utility contractors and an additional number from other Midwest utilities. In addition, approximately 270 Consumers Power employees, serving in a voluntary capacity, were dispatched for the first time last night to guard downed wires. The utility's new wire-guard program was developed following a severe storm last summer to reduce the need for local public safety personnel to guard potentially hazardous downed electric power lines.
 "We have responded as quickly as we could to this severe storm," said Fred Buckman, Consumers Power president and chief executive officer. "Our employees have been working around the clock to restore service to the people we serve."
 The utility cautions that all electrical wires on the ground should be considered dangerous and should be reported to Consumers Power. Customers using portable generators to provide emergency power during the outage are urged to take steps to ensure that the electricity does not backfeed into the Consumers Power electrical system. Power from a home generator, passing through the utility's transformers and distribution system, could endanger the lives of people working on the system to restore service.
 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 Company, 517-788-0333/
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