Ludington Pumped Storage Plant Recognized For 40 Years Of Service To Customers And Michigan

Ludington Pumped Storage Plant Recognized For 40 Years Of Service To Customers
                                 And Michigan

PR Newswire

LUDINGTON, Mich., July 19, 2013

LUDINGTON, Mich., July 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ludington Pumped Storage
Plant is turning 40, and officials from Lansing and Washington are bringing
gifts to the party. The award-winning facility is being recognized for
providing reliable and low-cost power, saving Michigan's electric customers
millions of dollars compared to other sources.

Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Sen. Goeff Hansen and Rep. Ray Franz
signed a special tribute in Lansing to commemorate the plant's 40^th
anniversary. Rep. Franz personally delivered the tribute to the plant today
where utility employees and their families celebrated with a tour of the
facilities.

In addition, U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga made a floor statement that was printed
in the Congressional Record last week in Washington, D.C., congratulating
employees on the accomplishment at the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. Rep.
Huizenga also videotaped a message of congratulations that played during
today's celebration, and one of Huizenga's staff members presented a copy of
the Congressional Record to the Ludington Pumped Storage plant manager.

"We are deeply honored to receive this recognition for Ludington Pumped
Storage from legislators in Lansing and Washington," said William Schoenlein,
manager of hydro and renewable generation and plant manager of Ludington
Pumped Storage. "Our employees are certainly proud of what we've accomplished,
and continued investments we are making in the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant
to serve Michigan residents with safe, affordable energy should ensure we will
be celebrating more milestone achievements in the decades to come."

In its 40^th year of operating, Ludington Pumped Storage began the process of
an $800 million upgrade, which includes the replacement of its six turbines
with more efficient models. The six-year project will increase the plant's
generating capacity by 15 percent and its efficiency by 5 percent. Once the
overhaul is complete, the plant will be able to produce enough electricity to
power a community of 1.65 million, up from 1.4 million currently.

The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant is co-owned by Consumers Energy and DTE
Electric, and operated by Consumers Energy. The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant
pumps water during the night uphill 363 feet to its 27 billion-gallon
reservoir. During day-time periods of peak customer electric demand, the water
is released through turbines to generate electricity.

In his video message, and in his floor statement, Huizenga thanked Consumers
Energy and DTE Electric for serving as a successful co-ownership example and
for saving their customers millions of dollars per year by displacing
higher-cost generation.

"Congratulations to the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant for 40 years of
excellent performance and for enhancing the Ludington area and all of
Michigan," said Huizenga.

The plant was named one of Michigan's Top 10 civil engineering projects for
the 20^th century by the Michigan section of the American Society of Civil
Engineers. It has won national awards for safe operation, and has been
certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council.

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

DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the
development and management of energy-related businesses and services
nationwide. Its operating units include DTE Electric, an electric utility
serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, DTE Gas, a natural gas
utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility,
energy businesses focused on gas storage and pipelines, power and industrial
projects, and energy trading.

Photos courtesy of Consumers Energy are available for use in news media
publications at our online Flickr site. A photo of the Ludington Pumped
Storage Plant is available here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/consumersenergy/9150303727/in/set-72157634342591265/

Find more photos in our online media gallery:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/consumersenergy

For more information regarding Consumers Energy, go to:
www.ConsumersEnergy.com or join us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/consumersenergymichigan

Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com,
twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Consumers Energy: Terry DeDoes, 517-374-2159, DTE Energy: Randi
Berris, 313-235-5323
 
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