Consumers Energy Hires Michigan Company For New Wind Park

          Consumers Energy Hires Michigan Company For New Wind Park


PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Sept. 11, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy is
reinvigorating Michigan's economy as it works to provide more renewable energy
for customers.

The company has signed a contract with Southfield-based Barton Malow Company
for engineering, procurement and construction services at its $255 million
Cross Winds Energy Park, a 105-megawatt wind farm in Tuscola County. The
contract is subject to approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

"Hiring a well-respected Michigan company to help us generate more clean
energy for customers makes sense for our company and for the state," said Jim
Pomaranski, Consumers Energy's vice president of major projects and
construction. "The Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative is providing
quality products and services at competitive prices. In turn, that spending is
funding real projects, creating real jobs and making a real difference for

About 150 construction jobs are expected to be created when Cross Winds begins
construction later this year and into 2014 in Tuscola County's Akron and
Columbia townships. The contract includes designing, engineering and
constructing the park's turbine foundations, access roads, an operations and
maintenance building; erecting the park's 62 wind turbines; and building the
infrastructure that connects the turbines to the electrical grid. Barton Malow
has previous experience building wind farms in Michigan. An independent
economic study estimated that construction of Cross Winds will generate direct
and indirect output in Michigan valued at $160.2 million.

Cross Winds is the company's second wind farm. The Lake Winds Energy Park
began operating near Ludington in November 2012. Consumers Energy is
Michigan's leading supplier of renewable energy with about 8 percent of the
electricity supplied to customers coming from Michigan-based renewable
projects. Completion of Cross Winds by late 2014 will help the company meet
Michigan's renewable energy standard, which requires 10 percent of the state's
energy supply to come from renewable sources by 2015.

Consumers Energy recently pledged to increase spending with Michigan-based
suppliers of goods and services by $1 billion over five years through the Pure
Michigan Business Connect initiative.

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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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
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

SOURCE Consumers Energy

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