Consumers Energy Offers Lowest Natural Gas Price Of Any Energy Provider In Michigan

  Consumers Energy Offers Lowest Natural Gas Price Of Any Energy Provider In
                                   Michigan

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 31, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --With the winter heating season
starting, Consumers Energy has returned to its position of having the lowest
natural gas price of any Michigan energy provider.

"We have worked hard for years to maximize our purchasing and storage strategy
so that the 1.7 million Michigan residents and business owners who receive
natural gas from us can have more money to spend on other needs," said Timothy
Sparks, vice president of energy supply operations for Consumers Energy.
"We're not only delivering natural gas safely, but at the best price you'll
find in Michigan."

Michigan residents will pay $4.59 per thousand cubic feet of natural gas as of
Nov. 1. That is 14 cents below the next-lowest cost charged by the state's six
other major natural gas providers.

Consumers Energy customers are benefitting from improvements to the company's
natural gas system that continue to lower prices. The company constantly
monitors more than 2,500 miles of pipeline that move gas safely and
efficiently, and stores gas in 15 underground fields in Michigan's Lower
Peninsula.

"We spend the entire year making sure there's an adequate gas supply that's
ready when Michigan residents turn on the heat in the winter," Sparks said.
"We prepare and take steps, such as pumping gas into the ground during warm
weather, to be sure people are getting this important commodity at the best
price we can offer."

(VIDEO: Kevin Daly, executive director of gas management services, talks about
falling natural gas costs for Consumers Energy customers:
http://youtu.be/_TTvDe5D1kA)

Michigan residents are benefitting, too, from the fact that the cost of
natural gas has fallen in recent years. Already, Consumers Energy announced
that customers this winter will pay 44 percent less for natural gas compared
to five years ago.

Consumers Energy provides a calculator online to compare natural gas costs to
other heating fuels, such as propane or heating oil. Visit
http://www.consumersenergy.com/gascenter and choose "Natural Gas Value
Calculator."

BY THE NUMBERS: A look at

Consumers Energy's natural gas

charges this year:
MONTH                     PRICE
January                    $5.45
February                  $5.45
March                     $5.45
April $4.61
May        $4.77
June       $4.79
July                   $4.71
August                     $4.63
September                  $4.58
October                    $4.63
November        $4.59
*per thousand cubic feet

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 or join us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/consumersenergymichigan.



SOURCE Consumers Energy

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