Consumers Energy To Kick Off Local "National Night Out" Activities

      Consumers Energy To Kick Off Local "National Night Out" Activities

PR Newswire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 5, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy will be
joined by local broadcast media, law enforcement officers and governmental
officials to host an early morning kick-off Tuesday, Aug. 6promoting the
"30th Annual National Night Out" (NNO).

On-air personality Andy Rent from "The River" 100.5 FM is scheduled to join
Eva Aguirre Cooper from WOOD TV 8 to broadcast live from Consumers Energy's
office east of U.S. 131, between 36^th and 44^th streets. The broadcasters
are scheduled to interview local mayors and law enforcement representatives in
support of NNO. Two large Consumers Energy utility trucks will have their
buckets extended 75 feet above U.S. 131 to help draw attention to the 5-9 a.m.
event Tuesday.

"The purpose of the event is to heighten awareness of crime and drug
prevention. We thank WOOD TV 8 and 'The River' 100.5 FM for helping us
promote that message," said Michele A. Kirkland, Consumers Energy vice
president of energy operations. "We also appreciate the support we receive
from our cities and law enforcement agencies. It helps us make good on our
Promise to Michigan to work together for safer communities." Kirkland said.

Consumers Energy representatives, along with local organizers, governmental
leaders and law enforcement officials from Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood,
Rockford, Walker, Wyoming and the Kent County Sheriff's Department, will host
the event outside the utility's Clay Avenue service center. Refreshments,
including donuts and coffee donated by local businesses, will be provided.

Consumers Energy employees and law enforcement officials will be distributing
energy-efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs while they last. CFLs,
an important part of the utility's energy efficiency program, use up to 75
percent less energy than a normal incandescent bulb, can last up to nine years
and are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, including porch lights.

For the 19^th consecutive year, Consumers Energy was recognized by the
National Association of Town Watch as the recipient of a "National Electric
Utility Award" for its participation in the 29th Annual NNO in 2012.

National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to:

  oHeighten crime prevention awareness;
  oGenerate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
  oStrengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  oSend a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are
    organized and fighting back.

The 2013 NNO event is expected to be the largest ever, involving approximately
37.5 million people in 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S.
territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. Local
residents are encouraged to participate by turning on their porch lights from
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and to take part in any community activities planned.

NNO also includes a number of neighborhood and community-level events to
support anti-crime efforts. In the Grand Rapids area, events include the South
Kent Night Out Against Crime, organized by the Kent County Sheriff's
Department, from 4-8 p.m. outside Peppino's Restaurant, 1515 Eastport Drive
SE. Consumers Energy is among the participants at this free event, which will
also include an appearance by a Michigan State Police helicopter, a Consumers
Energy truck, fire and police vehicles, equipment and displays, games, food,
prizes, music and dancing.

NNO is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and is co-sponsored
locally by Target and Consumers Energy.

In addition to the Grand Rapids area events, Consumers Energy is participating
in NNO activities taking place in Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Homer,
Bronson, Jackson, Flint, Saginaw Township, St. Johns, East Tawas, Pontiac and

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.

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Contact: Roger Morgenstern, (616) 530-4364 or Terry DeDoes, (517) 374-2159
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