Consumers Energy Commercial And Industrial Customers Saving $3.9 Million In Energy Costs Annually Thanks To Third Quarter

 Consumers Energy Commercial And Industrial Customers Saving $3.9 Million In
           Energy Costs Annually Thanks To Third Quarter Incentives

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 9, 2012

JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy awarded nearly
$3.7 million in incentives to commercial and industrial customers in the third
quarter of 2012 to help fund 996 energy efficiency projects that provide
long-term savings.

These projects are saving the 959 participating customers an estimated $3.9
million in energy costs annually. The energy saved through the projects is
enough to serve more than 5,000 residential electric customers and nearly 800
residential natural gas customers for a year.

Business Solutions, the energy efficiency incentive program for commercial and
industrial customers, is part of Consumers Energy's comprehensive energy
efficiency effort, which stems from the state's comprehensive 2008 energy law.

"These Business Solutions incentives are helping Michigan schools and
businesses cut costs now for energy efficiency projects that in turn will
reduce operating costs for years to come," said Fred Alatalo, business energy
efficiency operations director for Consumers Energy. "This program highlights
one way Consumers Energy is keeping its promise to provide customers with a
good energy value."

To learn more about Consumers Energy's energy efficiency programs for business
and residential customers and how to apply for incentives, please visit

Here's a list of some of the customers that received energy efficiency
incentives in the third quarter of 2012:

Allegan County

-- Hopkins Public Schools, Hopkins: $76,983 for lighting upgrades, saving
893,740 kWh annually.

Bay County

-- Delta College, Bay City: $121,400 for high efficiency chiller, geothermal
heat pumps and other improvements, saving 1.7 million kWh annually.

Calhoun County

-- Asmo Manufacturing, Battle Creek: $3,544 for lighting upgrades, saving
35,172 kWh annually.

-- Musashi Auto Parts Michigan, Battle Creek: $1,430 for lighting upgrade,
saving 9,000 kWh annually.

-- Ralcorp Holdings, Battle Creek: $9,000 for a compressed air audit, saving
374,400 kWh annually.

-- II Stanley, Battle Creek: $990 for lighting upgrades, saving 13,728 kWh

-- Kellogg USA, Battle Creek: $12,148 for a compressed air energy audit,
saving 936,000 kWh annually.

Genesee County

-- University of Michigan-Flint, Flint: $2,640 for lighting upgrades, saving
15,532 kWh annually.

-- Flint Community Schools, Flint: $35,424 for air-cooled chillers, saving
171,646 kWh annually.

-- Genesee Packaging Inc., Flint: $8,640 for a lighting retrofit, saving
105,984 kWh annually.

Kalamazoo County

-- Lifecare, Inc., Kalamazoo: $9,958 for a chiller upgrade, saving 39,807 kWh

-- Hinman Lake LLC, Portage: $1,800 for a variable frequency drive in their
HVAC system, saving 36,020 kWh annually.

Ottawa County

-- Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Holland: $12,917 for efficient
indoor and outdoor lighting, saving 78,994 kWh annually.

Saginaw County

-- Caraustar Industries, Inc., Saginaw: $18,820 for lighting upgrades, saving
257,954 kWh annually.

-- Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance, Frankenmuth: $1,290 for two projects to
achieve Energy Star Certification, saving 9,650 kWh annually.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, provides natural gas
and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68
Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information regarding Consumers Energy, access our website at:

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Contact: Terry DeDoes, +1-517-374-2159, or Dan Bishop, +1-517-788-2395
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