Consumers Energy Issues "Safety First" Message To Winter Visitors To Its 13 Hydroelectric Plants

 Consumers Energy Issues "Safety First" Message To Winter Visitors To Its 13
                             Hydroelectric Plants

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 28, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy is advising the
public to practice extreme caution when visiting areas near its 13
hydroelectric generating plants in the winter months, located on the Manistee,
Muskegon, Au Sable, Kalamazoo and Grand Rivers.

In particular the utility is warning people about the likelihood of thin ice
up and downstream of the dams.

"Ice conditions on the reservoirs next to these hydro plants can change
rapidly due to unpredictable weather. In particular we want the public to be
aware of the possibility of thin ice and dangers associated with the ice
immediately upstream of the dam itself," said Donald Baker, river hydro
superintendent for Consumers Energy.

Water currents at a hydroelectric plant can be hazardous in winter, when a
reservoir may or may not be covered with ice. Ice near a dam is not reliable
and should be avoided by snowmobilers, anglers and others enjoying recreation.

Ice-covered water down river from a hydroelectric facility should also be
considered very dangerous and is never a safe place to walk.

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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SOURCE Consumers Energy

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