Consumers Energy Receives Award For National Night Out Event

         Consumers Energy Receives Award For National Night Out Event

PR Newswire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 27, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --For the nineteenth straight
year, Consumers Energy has been awarded a National Electric Utility Award from
the National Association of Town Watch for its participation in the "National
Night Out" (NNO) crime and drug prevention program. Consumers Energy is the
only utility in the country that received recognition for its participation in
the 29^th annual event.

The utility hosted activities at its Grand Rapids service center on Tuesday,
August 7, 2012 from 5-9 a.m. The event featured radio and television
broadcasts with local law enforcement agencies and media personalities to
promote awareness of local drug and crime prevention programs.

"Companies such as Consumers Energy enable us to reach more and more
communities with National Night Out each year," said Matt A. Peskin, executive
director for the National Association of Town Watch. "We are pleased to once
again honor Consumers Energy with a national award and we are proud to have it
involved in this powerful, community-building campaign."

Consumers Energy representatives and local organizers distributed CFL light
bulbs and refreshments to Grand Rapids area residents. Governmental leaders
and law enforcement officials from Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood,
Rockford, Walker, Wyoming and the Kent County Sheriff's Department all took
part in the early morning event.

"The purpose of NNO is to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention.
Teaming up with local radio and television stations helps us promote that
message," said Michele A. Kirkland, Consumers Energy vice president of energy
operations. "We appreciate the opportunity to work with local law enforcement
agencies and other community organizations on this important issue and thank
them for their award-winning efforts."

The 2012 NNO event was the largest ever, involving approximately 37.5 million
people in 15,700 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military
bases worldwide. Local residents were encouraged to participate by turning on
their porch lights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. NNO is sponsored by the National
Association of Town Watch and is co-sponsored locally by Consumers Energy.

National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to:

  oHeighten crime prevention awareness;
  oGenerate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
  oStrengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  oSend a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are
    organized and fighting back.

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

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