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UTILITIES CRITICIZE MCV SETTLEMENT

 UTILITIES CRITICIZE MCV SETTLEMENT
 LANSING, Mich., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released


by the Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group:
 The Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group (MMCG) today criticized Consumers Power Company's latest attempt to settle some of the issues around its Midland Cogeneration Venture (MCV) plant. Said MMCG Steering Committee Chairman Joe Wolfe, "Consumers Power's whole settlement proposal is based on the assumption that the MCV is a qualifying cogeneration facility under federal law and thus entitled to special high rates. However, we have challenged this in the courts and have now received a schedule for briefing and oral argument from the Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. By this time next year, we expect to get a court ruling that it is a utility subject to utility regulation under federal law."
 A ruling that the MCV is not a qualifying cogenerator could lower Consumers Power Company's rates by hundreds of millions of dollars and would nullify the proposed settlement. This is because the MCV is currently being paid far higher rates than if it were subject to utility regulation on the assumption that it is a qualifying cogenerator under federal law. Some MMCG member utilities purchase electricity from Consumers Power Company.
 Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley and MMCG have contended for some time that the MCV did not satisfy federal law requirements to be a qualified cogenerator due to its being subject to utility ownership and control. Federal law states that such facilities may not be owned or controlled by a utility and must meet a variety of technical requirements.
 MMCG is made up of municipal utilities who serve one-half million people with electricity. MMCG member utilities have two general goals: To assure fair prices on electricity Consumers Power buys from its Midland Cogeneration Venture and Palisades Generating Company affiliates and to assure fair access to Michigan's transmission lines.
 -0- 9/9/92
 /CONTACT: Joseph Wolfe of MMCG, 517-371-6030; Gary Zimmerman of Michigan Public Power Agency, 517-323-8919; or attorney Robert Jablon, 202-879-4000, for MMCG/
 (CMS) CO: Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group; Consumers Power Company;
 Midland Cogeneration Venture; CMS Energy Corporation ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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