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UTILITIES OPPOSE PROPOSED CONSUMERS POWER SETTLEMENT

 UTILITIES OPPOSE PROPOSED CONSUMERS POWER SETTLEMENT
 LANSING, Mich., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Utilities serving more than


1 million people told the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) that it should reject the settlement proposed by Consumers Power Company related to its Midland Cogeneration Venture and other affiliates. The Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group (MMCG) said the proposed settlement would unnecessarily increase Consumers' rates by allowing purchases of high-priced electricity from sister companies and would tend to restrict the MPSC staff on major energy legislation currently before Congress.
 The proposed settlement was negotiated by Consumers Power with two of the six major parties actively participating in Consumers Power cases. The MPSC requested comments on whether it should consider the proposed settlement at all and, if so, under what procedures.
 Said MMCG Steering Committee Chairman Joseph Wolfe, "The proposed settlement would allow Consumers Power to purchase additional amounts of high-priced power from its affiliates. This will drive up rates to all Consumers Power customers, including our utilities who purchase their electricity from Consumers."
 Continued Wolfe, "It also has provisions that tend to restrict the MPSC staff on participating in Congress from now to the year 2000 on energy legislation affecting the proposed settlement. This is not in the public interest, particularly when there is legislation currently before Congress on restricting utilities' ability to purchase from affiliates and Michigan's experience with Consumers Power is one of the prime examples why such purchases should not be allowed."
 Wolfe also noted that the proposed settlement would allow some of Consumers' industrial customers to use Consumers Power's high voltage transmission lines to transmit in power from remote sources. Said Wolfe, "This is another example of Consumers playing favorites -- for years, MMCG has been requesting fair access to the transmission lines for all utilities. Now Consumers is granting such access to private companies while denying it to utilities who have obligations to serve the public at large."
 MMCG is made up of municipal and cooperative utilities who serve more than 1 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.
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 /CONTACT: Joseph Wolfe, 517-371-6030, or Ray Towne, 616-775-5700, both of MMCG; or attorney Robert Jablon, 202-879-4000, for MMCG/
 (CMS) CO: Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group; Consumers Power Company;
 CMS Energy Corporation; Michigan Public Service Commission ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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