Consumers Energy Teams Up With Feeding America to Distribute 75,000 Free Energy Efficient Light Bulbs in West And Northern

   Consumers Energy Teams Up With Feeding America to Distribute 75,000 Free
          Energy Efficient Light Bulbs in West And Northern Michigan

PR Newswire

CADILLAC, Mich., Feb. 22, 2013

CADILLAC, Mich., Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Struggling families across west
and northern Michigan will save energy and money with Consumers Energy's
donation this month of 75,000 energy-efficient light bulbs to the Feeding
America West Michigan Food Bank.

The utility's Residential Energy Savings Solutions program is providing
families with ENERGY STAR®-qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
along with the food that Feeding America West Michigan distributes through
local food pantries. In August 2012, Consumers Energy and Feeding America West
Michigan announced the distribution of 100,000 bulbs to income-qualified west
and northern Michigan families to help them save energy in their homes and
money on their electric bills. Approximately 25,000 bulbs have already been
distributed by Feeding America West Michigan, while the remaining 75,000 bulbs
will be distributed out of the group's Comstock Park and Cadillac warehouses
beginning Tuesday, February 26. Each family will receive a package of two
CFLs, along with information on the bulb's benefits and other energy saving

Families that do not receive assistance through the participating food
pantries can purchase discounted CFLs at more than 275 stores across Michigan
through Consumers Energy's Savings Solutions program. To locate participating
stores, visit

"CFLs are an easy way for families to cut energy costs and focus their
resources on other needs," said Patti Poppe, the utility's vice president of
customer experience and operations."We know in these tough economic times
it's important to help our neighbors. Our work with Feeding America West
Michigan Food Bank makes this a great fit."

Poppe added that "We are working hard to help our neighbors use energy more
efficiently. With more than 200 energy efficiency incentives and rebates
available from Consumers Energy, improving efficiency in homes and businesses
is easier than ever. Helping Michigan save energy. That's our promise."

Linda Vanderbaan, fund development manager for Feeding America West Michigan,
thanked Consumers Energy for its assistance. "We are thrilled with this
generous donation from Consumers Energy. Our families in the greater Grand
Rapids area were very appreciative of these gifts of CFLs when they were
distributed last summer. This latest shipment to lend a hand to our northern
Michigan families will help them stretch their budgets a little further and
hopefully direct the money saved by putting a meal on the table," she said.

The CFLs are distributed by EarthTronics, a Muskegon-based company, which is
part of Consumers Energy's continued support of the Pure Michigan Business
Connect initiative. Consumers Energy has significantly increased its
commitment to buy products and services from Michigan companies. It has
doubled to $500 million its commitment to do so under Pure Michigan Business

ENERGY STAR®-qualified CFLs can last up to 10,000 hours or nine years. They
produce 75 percent less heat than traditional bulbs, making them safer to
operate and more energy efficient – saving about $30 in electricity costs over
the lifetime of the bulb.

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.

One of the nation's largest and most effective food banks, Feeding America
West Michigan reclaims edible surplus food from farmers, manufacturers,
distributors and retailers. It stores, processes and distributes that food
through 1,250 local food pantries and other hunger-relief agencies in 40 west
Michigan counties. More than 100,000 west Michigan families rely on food from
Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. For more information, visit

Note to assignment editors: Representatives from Consumers Energy, Feeding
America West Michigan Food Bank and participating pantries will be available
for interviews Tuesday, February 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Feeding
America West Michigan facility,  101 Clay Dr., Cadillac, MI 49601. Video and
photo opportunities will include food pantry coordinators picking up the CFL
packages, along with other pantry supplies.

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

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