Consumers Energy Adding Nearly 300 Employees to Build and Replace Gas Lines in Michigan, Creating Job Opportunities and

Consumers Energy Adding Nearly 300 Employees to Build and Replace Gas Lines in
      Michigan, Creating Job Opportunities and Improving Customer Safety

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., July 29, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy is
strengthening its commitment to customer safety and expanding its workforce by
hiring nearly 300 people to build and replace gas pipelines.

Consumers Energy is currently seeking applicants to fill 144 positions, and it
initially filled 150 positions to carry out pipeline work in Michigan this
year.

The positions are being created as part of a planned $60 million investment in
gas pipeline work this year. In 2014, that investment is expected to climb to
$116 million.

"Our promise is to continue to work for safe communities, meeting our
customers' expectations that we deliver reliable gas service," said Michele
Kirkland, vice president of energy operations. "These ongoing investments will
improve our system's reliability and help our communities grow by putting
Michigan residents to work."

Consumers Energy is actively promoting these available positions. The company
will hold job fairs in Flint and Battle Creek on Saturday, Aug. 3. Information
about these positions is available online at www.consumersenergy.com. Click on
the "Careers" tab.

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.

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in Rule
3b-6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Rule 175 of the Securities Act of
1933, and relevant legal decisions. The forward-looking statements are subject
to risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements should be
considered in the context of the risk and other factors detailed from time to
time in CMS Energy's and Consumers Energy's Securities and Exchange Commission
filings. Forward-looking statements should be read in conjunction with
"FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION" and "RISK FACTORS" sections of
CMS Energy's Form 10-K and Consumers Energy's Form 10-K each for the year
ended December 31, 2012 and as updated in CMS Energy's and Consumers Energy's
Forms 10-Q.

CMS Energy's and Consumers Energy's "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND
INFORMATION" and "RISK FACTORS" sections are incorporated herein by reference
and discuss important factors that could cause CMS Energy's and Consumers
Energy's results to differ materially from those anticipated in such
statements.

For more information regarding Consumers Energy, visit us at:
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SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394 or Dan Bishop, 517-788-2395
 
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