Consumers Energy Contributes $3 Million To The Heat And Warmth Fund

     Consumers Energy Contributes $3 Million To The Heat And Warmth Fund

Funds earmarked for energy assistance to Michigan customers in need, and
support of THAW's Michigan Home Energy Solutions pilot program

PR Newswire

DETROIT, Feb. 5, 2013

DETROIT, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW), an
independent non-profit agency that provides emergency energy assistance to low
income Michigan residents in need and advocates for long-term energy
solutions, today announced it has received a generous $3 million contribution
from Consumers Energy. The announcement made by Susan Sherer, CEO of THAW.

The contribution from Consumers Energy, which provides natural gas and
electric service to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents,
will be used to support two important THAW initiatives. Two million dollars
will be used by THAW to provide emergency energy assistance to Consumers
Energy customers in need this year, and$1 million willsupport THAW's
Michigan Home Energy Solutions (MHES) project. MHES is the umbrella for all
innovation projects within THAW. The MHES team has introduced a series of
pilot programs and customer interventions that are intended to help THAW and
its partners better understand, and develop solutions for utility customers so
they can pay for the energy they use within their homes. The program is
designed to drive efficiency and effectiveness to the system of delivering
energy assistance to people in need.

"THAW is interested in transformational reform focused on bringing low-income
residents in need to complete energy self sufficiency. This generous
contribution by Consumers Energy is yet another example of great corporate
citizens investing in solutions for Michigan that are sustainable, improving
the quality of life and good for the economy," said Sherer. "THAW is grateful
for Consumers Energy's ongoing support of emergency needs as well as
development of social innovations that will make a lasting difference for
customers in need." 

Patti Poppe, vice president of customer experience and operations for
Consumers Energy, said the contribution reflects the company's 125-year
tradition of customer service and community involvement.

"The people of Consumers Energy care about the communities where we work and
live and the people in those communities. We know that some of our neighbors
struggle each day to meet their basic needs. Helping our neighbors in need is
part of our promise to Michigan," Poppe said. "We're pleased to provide this
additional funding to THAW and support its efforts to help those in need."

About The Heat And Warmth Fund
The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW), is an independent non-profit (501(c)(3)
agency that provides emergency energy assistance to Michigan residents in need
and advocates for long-term energy solutions. THAW was established in 1985 in
order to improve the quality of life in Michigan and prevent human suffering
by helping low-income individuals facing an energy crisis. To learn more about
THAW, inquire about assistance, or to make a donation, visit www.thawfund.org
or call 1-800-866-8429.

About Consumers Energy
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. For more information
regarding Consumers Energy, access our website at www.consumersenergy.com or
join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/consumersenergymichigan.

SOURCE The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW)

Website: http://www.thawfund.org
Contact: Media: Monica Cheick, PublicCity PR, mcheick@publiccitypr.net,
+1-586-612-8220
 
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