Consumers Energy Releases First-ever Accountability Report, Highlighting Investments In Michigan Businesses Environmental

   Consumers Energy Releases First-ever Accountability Report, Highlighting
  Investments In Michigan Businesses Environmental Stewardship And Increased
                               Corporate Giving

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 3, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy has released its
first-ever Accountability Report, an overview of the Company's efforts to
continue meeting Michigan's energy needs. The report highlights Consumers
Energy's commitment to Michigan businesses, its corporate citizenship and role
in making the state's air the cleanest it has been in a generation.

"We are committed to making the right choices to serve our customers safely
and affordably and to act responsibly as a corporate citizen," Consumers
Energy President and CEO John Russell writes in the report.

"That means holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards of safety,
operational performance and ethical behavior, and complying with all laws,
rules and regulations that govern our industry," Russell writes.

The 18-page report is available to the public and offers an in-depth look at
Consumers Energy's performance and commitment to be the best in class among
the Midwest's energy utilities. View and download the full Accountability
Report at

Among the report's highlights:

  oConsumers Energy has been Michigan's second-leading investor since 2008.
    It is continuing its commitment to increase spending with Michigan-based
    businesses by $1 billion over five years, a pledge made through its
    leadership in the Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative. That's in
    addition to the $2 billion the Company spends annually in Michigan on
    goods and services.
  oThe company is spending $7 billion on renewable energy, environmental
    quality, energy efficiency, energy reliability and natural gas and
    electric infrastructure from 2013 to 2017.
  oGiving by the company, its corporate foundation, employees and retirees
    has more than doubled since 2009, to $10 million in 2012.
  oAir emissions from the company's generating plants have fallen
    significantly since 2007 and are projected to continue falling through
    this decade. Mercury emissions are expected to decrease by 83 percent from
    2007 to 2020.

"Our Promise to Michigan is to deliver the energy our customers need, whenever
they need it," Russell said. "This Accountability Report shows we are making
good progress on that Promise, and we will continue to do so for the years

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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