Consumers Energy Responds to Record Demand for Natural Gas As Polar Vortex Grips Michigan

  Consumers Energy Responds to Record Demand for Natural Gas As Polar Vortex
                                Grips Michigan

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 9, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The polar vortex that descended
on Michigan was one for the history books for homes and businesses that
Consumers Energy provides with natural gas.

Consumers Energy set a new hourly record for natural gas delivery on Tuesday,
Jan. 7. From 8 to 9 a.m., the company delivered an all-time record of 146,367
million cubic feet of natural gas. That surpasses the previous record of
146,013 set from 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 3, 1996.

The company also came close to its 24-hour record for natural gas delivery
from 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. Homes and businesses
used 3.14 billion cubic feet of gas, falling shy of the record 3.18 billion
used from 5 p.m. Jan. 18, 1994, to 5 p.m. Jan. 19, 1994.

Consumers Energy is the fourth-largest natural gas utility in the U.S.,
delivering gas to 1.7 million customers. The company operates one of the
largest gas storage systems in the country, with 15 storage fields in
Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

"Customers are benefiting from investments we are making to enhance our
natural gas storage and delivery system. More than 70 percent of the natural
gas delivered to our customers came from our storage fields during this blast
of arctic air," said Timothy Sparks, Consumers Energy's vice president for
energy supply operations.

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

SOURCE Consumers Energy

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