Consumers Energy Starts Work On $5 Million Project To Support The Uptown - Bay City Development In Downtown Bay City

Consumers Energy Starts Work On $5 Million Project To Support The Uptown - Bay
                    City Development In Downtown Bay City

PR Newswire

BAY CITY, Mich., Nov. 13, 2012

BAY CITY, Mich., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy has started
work on a $5 million utility project that will support the Uptown – Bay City
development in downtown Bay City.

The project, funded jointly by the utility and Bay City, involves the
installation of underground electric lines that will replace existing overhead
lines.The overhead lines, poles, and towers will be removed after the
underground system is installed, tested, and in service.That equipment is
scheduled to be removed by the end of 2013.

The utility project is part of the overall plan for the Uptown – Bay City
development, which is anticipated to have an investment of about $50 million
in its first phase.

Consumers Energy's vice president of energy delivery, Garrick Rochow, said the
utility was pleased to work with the city and support such an important
economic development opportunity for Bay City.

"Consumers Energy has been serving Michigan families and businesses for 125
years.We are committed to this state and part of our promise to our three
million customers is that we're ready to do our part to help create jobs and
economic growth in Michigan," Rochow said. "This project is a prime example of
how we work with local officials to help their communities grow and thrive."

Robert Belleman, the city manager for Bay City, said the start of the
Consumers Energy work was an important milestone for the Uptown – Bay City

"The construction of the new underground electric system in the development
area is a key step toward making the Uptown – Bay City project become a
reality.I'm excited that Consumers Energy is starting the work on that new
system and I'm looking forward to all the progress that will be made on it in
the coming months," he said.

The first part of the utility project is boring a hole 30 feet under the
Saginaw River.The equipment that will bore the hole – big enough for a
32-inch diameter pipe – is set up on the west side of the river, in the
Veterans Memorial Park, south of the Veterans Bridge.

To protect the public safety, the use of the boring equipment will require the
temporary closure of the entrance to the J.F. Kennedy Drive parking lot just
south of Veterans Memorial Bridge, the two northerly baseball fields, the
playground (Imagination Station) as well as about 850 feet of the Riverwalk,
starting just south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The project plan calls for the boring machine to create a hole about 1,000
feet long.The boring operation is scheduled to take place primarily from 7
a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.That work, which began late last week,
is expected to be completed by February.

Those in the area may notice a loud sound coming from the boring
equipment.They also may feel vibrations from the ground from the boring

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

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