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Heating Costs 10% Lower This Winter For Consumers Energy's 1.7 Million Gas Customers; Further Savings In Coming Weeks



  Heating Costs 10% Lower This Winter For Consumers Energy's 1.7 Million Gas
                  Customers; Further Savings In Coming Weeks

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 14, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy's 1.7 million
natural gas customers are paying at least 10 percent less for fuel costs now
compared to last winter.  In addition, Michigan's largest gas utility is
planning a further 15 percent price reduction in its fuel price charged to
customers beginning in April.

"Prices charged by Consumers Energy for natural gas are the lowest they've
been in a decade -- since 2003," said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy's vice
president of energy supply operations.  "We're planning an additional 15
percent price reduction beginning in April and continuing at that level on a
go-forward basis.  As part of our promise to Michigan, we're working hard to
control our costs and help our gas customers manage their household budgets,"
said Sparks.

The utility provides natural gas service to 1.7 million customers in 45
counties in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.  Consumers Energy operates 15 natural
gas storage fields in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, one of the largest systems
of its kind in the nation. 

Consumers Energy recommends that customers save additional money by making
their homes more energy efficient.  Information on the utility's energy
efficiency programs is available at www.consumersenergy.com  

The website also features an easy-to-use calculator to compare natural gas
costs to other heating fuels, such as propane or heating oil.  For details,
visit: http://www.consumersenergy.com/gascenter and choose "Natural Gas Value
Calculator."

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.

For more information about Consumers Energy, visit us at
www.consumersenergy.com

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Dan Bishop, +1-517-788-2395, or Jeff Holyfield, +1-517-788-2394
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