Consumers Energy Drops Natural Gas Costs By 44 Percent Over Past Five Years - Customer Savings Of $50 This Winter

Consumers Energy Drops Natural Gas Costs By 44 Percent Over Past Five Years -
                     Customer Savings Of $50 This Winter

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 15, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy's average
residential natural gas customer can look forward to saving about $50 in lower
heating costs this winter.

"We're working hard to lower costs for our customers as part of our Promise to
Michigan to provide affordable and reliable service. We know that many family
budgets are tight these days and every savings helps out," said Tim Sparks,
Consumers Energy's vice president of energy supply operations. Sparks noted
that Consumers Energy is among the lowest-cost natural gas companies in
Michigan.

Compared to 5 years ago, an average residential customer's bill this heating
season is down about $200 as a result of steps taken by Consumers Energy.
Michigan's largest gas utility has lowered its fuel costs by 44 percent,
saving customers $260 million this winter compared to five years ago.

Consumers Energy delivers natural gas service to 1.7 million customers in 45
counties in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

Consumers Energy recommends that customers save additional money by making
their homes more energy efficient. Information on the utility's energy
efficiency programs is available at www.consumersenergy.com/save

Consumers Energy also provides an easy-to-use calculator online to compare
natural gas costs to other heating fuels, such as propane or heating oil. For
details, visit: http://www.consumersenergy.com/gascenter and choose "Natural
Gas Value Calculator."

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 about Consumers Energy, visit us at
www.consumersenergy.com

SOURCE Consumers Energy

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