Energy-Efficiency Programs By Consumers Energy Are Producing Long-Term Savings And Sustainable Benefits For Customers

Energy-Efficiency Programs By Consumers Energy Are Producing Long-Term Savings
                    And Sustainable Benefits For Customers


PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., July 8, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Customers who participate in
Consumers Energy's energy efficiency programs are receiving significant
long-term savings and benefits.

"The savings are real. The benefits are broad, measurable and sustainable. And
hundreds of Michiganders are workingbecause of energy efficiency programs
driven by Michigan's enlightened energy reform law," said Patti Poppe,
Consumers Energy's vice president of customer experience and operations.

"Consumers Energy has made a promise to the people of Michigan to provide low
cost energy when they want it. As we plan for the long term, Consumers Energy
knows that the lowest costenergy is the energy that we collectively don't
use. By leveraging technology advances and good communication, energy
efficiency is an important part of the energy mix forcustomers of Consumers
Energy," said Poppe.

Participating customers have saved $365 million since the programs were
launched in 2009, with savings extending almost 10 years beyond the initial
installation date of equipment. Electric program savings could power 142,000
Michigan homes for one year, and natural gas program savings could annually
heat about 60,000 homes.

"During a critical time, we're proud to say that these programs are putting
people to work in Michigan," said Poppe. Consumers Energy estimates that 900
new jobs have been created, primarily through its energy efficiency trade ally

Poppenoted that the appliance recycling program is having a positive impact
on environmental sustainability and job creation. In four years, more than
67,000 refrigerators and freezers have been recycled, thereby avoiding carbon
dioxide emissions equal to the operation of 134,000 cars per year.

"Placed end-to-end, the number of recycled refrigerators and freezers would
stretch for 70 miles, from Jackson to St. Johns," said Poppe. This program
employs 54 people, including drivers and warehouse personnel in Grand Rapids
and Livonia.

Consumers Energy works with 2,100 energy efficiency trade allies, up from
1,700 two years ago. These trade allies provide customers with information
about energy efficiency rebates and equipment. The trade allies have primary
businesses in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, windows, insulation,
appliances, lighting, builders andasarchitects.

In 2013, more than106,000 residential customers and more than29,000 business
customers participated in at least oneenergy efficiency program. More
than8,000 highly efficient gas furnaces were installed, replacing less
efficient furnaces.Over 1.1 million compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
were purchased. More than400 major Michigan retailers supported the energy
efficiency effort by offeringCFLs discounted up to half the normal purchase
price, made possible by funding from Consumers Energy.

Information on Consumers Energy's energy efficiency programs is available

Consumers Energy launched the energy optimization programs in response to
Michigan's 2008 energy reform law.Consumers Energy and other energy
providersare working with customers to reduce electric use by at least 5.5
percent and natural gas use by at least 3.85 percent by 2015.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy, providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of Michigan's
10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information about Consumers Energy, visit our Website at

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Contact: Dan Bishop, 517/788-2395 or Brian Wheeler, 517/788-2394
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