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UTILITIES OPPOSE TRANSMISSION FILING

 UTILITIES OPPOSE TRANSMISSION FILING
 WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released


today by the Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group (MMCG):
 Utilities serving over 1 million people in Michigan today filed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in opposition to a transmission access filing made by Consumers Power in late February. The utilities told the FERC that although the filing contained some steps in the right direction, the proposed rates were far too high and the terms too onerous compared to the transmission Consumers Power provides itself, its affiliates, and others.
 Said MMCG Steering Committee Chairman Joseph Wolfe, "This is the third so-called open access filing Consumers has made at FERC in the last four months. This one is deficient, just like the others." Wolfe went on to point out that the rates contained in the filing are far higher than those Consumers Power charges itself or its affiliates.
 Said Wolfe, "We know the rates are too high. We own some lines jointly with Consumers Power. The proposed rates under this filing are far in excess of what we pay on the jointly owned lines. Consumers Power is asking for this high rate because it wins either way: It may force some of our utilities to buy expensive electricity from Consumers Power. And even if they do not, Consumers is able to pocket the difference between the high rates and their actual cost of providing transmission service." In addition, the filing contains discriminatory terms and conditions that would deprive smaller utilities of flexible transmission usage through burdensome reservation requirements and multiple, overlapping charges and penalties.
 Wolfe went on to point out that the transmission filing hurts all the people of Michigan by preventing utilities from obtaining electricity from the cheapest source, no matter where it may be.
 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: Ray Towne, 616-775-5700, or Joseph Wolfe, 517-371-6030, both of MMCG; or MMCG Attorney Tom Trauger, 202-879-4000/
 (CMS) CO: Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group; Consumers Power Company;
 CMS Energy Corporation ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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