Consumers Energy Signs Agreement With Northern Michigan Gas Producer

     Consumers Energy Signs Agreement With Northern Michigan Gas Producer


PR Newswire

KALKASKA, Mich., April 17, 2013

KALKASKA, Mich., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy has begun to
purchase natural gas directly from a Michigan producer, BreitBurn Operating

The initial purchase is for April 2013 business in the amount of approximately
$2 million. This gas supply contract is part of Consumers Energy's commitment
to Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), a public-private initiative
developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), which
connects Michigan companies with opportunities to help them grow and expand.
The supply contract will help serve Consumers Energy's 1.7 million natural gas

"Consumers Energy is committed to increasing its purchase of goods and
services needed by our customers from Michigan-based businesses. Purchasing
this initial $2 million in natural gas supply from BreitBurn Operating
continues our strategic plan to help Michigan businesses grow," said Tim
Sparks, vice president of energy supply operations for Consumers Energy.

Consumers Energy has doubled to $500 million its commitment to purchase
Michigan-made goods and services over five years, from 2011-2016. The
utility's commitment to increase its business contracts with Michigan
companies is in addition to the $2 billion annually it now spends in the
state. These investments are in customer service, electric and natural gas
operations, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental stewardship.

Companies interested in learning more about Pure Michigan Business Connect are
encouraged to visit the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's website, or Consumers Energy at

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

Contact: Consumers Energy: Dan Bishop, 517/788-2395 or Roger Morgenstern,
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