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Kalamazoo College Recognized As Green Generation Customer Of The Year By Consumers Energy



   Kalamazoo College Recognized As Green Generation Customer Of The Year By
                               Consumers Energy

PR Newswire

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Sept. 27, 2013

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Sept. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy has named
Kalamazoo College its "Green Generation Customer of the Year" in recognition
of the College's overall sustainability effort and its voluntary participation
in this renewable energy program.

The 1,450-student liberal arts and sciences college located midway between
Detroit and Chicago purchases 720,000 kilowatt-hours (KWh) of renewable energy
annually from Consumers Energy, enough to supply 8 percent of the College's
total electrical usage.

"Sustainability is a strong focus at Kalamazoo College. Receiving this award
lets us know that others recognize our commitment to the environment and that
gives us reason to be proud," said Paul Manstrom, Kalamazoo College's
associate vice president for facilities management. "We began purchasing
electricity through the Green Generation program as part of a project to
renovate the Hicks Student Center on campus to standards developed by the U.S.
Green Building Council, earning the first LEED Silver certification in
southwest Michigan in the process. We've found that participating in Green
Generation has been a great fit for us."

Kalamazoo College has been a Green Generation participant since January 2009. 
It's one of the Top 10 participants in the Green Generation program, having
purchased more than 2.5 million KWh of renewable energy since enrolling. The
recently-completed Athletics Field House and the Arcus Center for Social
Justice Leadership (currently under construction) will be the two "greenest"
buildings on campus, furthering the college's sustainability credentials.

"It's with great enthusiasm we single out the achievements of Kalamazoo
College in supporting renewable energy efforts in Michigan," said Thomas
Shirilla, Consumers Energy's program manager for Green Generation. "K's
leadership in this voluntary program is commendable. It demonstrates
commitment to and optimism for Michigan's future."

Past Green Generation customer of the year recipients are Irwin Seating, Grand
Rapids Community College, University of Michigan – Flint, Dow Corning, City of
Grand Rapids, and Wolverine Worldwide.

Consumers Energy's Green Generation program has nearly 17,000
customer-participants and was the first voluntary renewable energy program in
Michigan. It was launched in 2005 following authorization by the Michigan
Public Service Commission. More than 100 organizations are enrolled in the
Green Generation program.

Green Generation has led to the development of several renewable energy
projects in the state, including the Michigan Wind 1 park in the Thumb region.
Other Green Generation projects include biomass facilities located near Birch
Run, Lennon, and Marshall. Consumers Energy also purchases electricity for the
program generated by wind turbines near Mackinaw City. All of the projects are
located in Michigan's Lower Peninsula and all sources are Green-e certified as
renewable.

Kalamazoo College was founded in 1833 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is the oldest
college in Michigan and among the 100 oldest institutions of higher learning
in the United States. K is a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences
college with nearly 1,450 students and the creator of the K-Plan that
emphasizes rigorous scholarship, experiential learning, leadership
development, and international and intercultural engagement. Kalamazoo College
does more in four years so students can do more in a lifetime.

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.

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

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GREEN GENERATION: The Green Generation program offers Consumers Energy's
electric customers an opportunity to support renewable energy by enrolling in
the voluntary program and paying a small premium. Program information is
available at www.greengeneration.com.

KALAMAZOO COLLEGE: Learn more about Kalamazoo College at www.kzoo.edu.

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Roger Morgenstern, 517/530-4364 or Terry DeDoes, 517/374-2159
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