Consumers Energy Advises Winter Visitors to Its 13 Hydroelectric Plants to Exercise Extreme Caution

  Consumers Energy Advises Winter Visitors to Its 13 Hydroelectric Plants to
                           Exercise Extreme Caution

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JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 13, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy is advising the
public to practice extreme caution when visiting areas near its 13
hydroelectric generating plants in the winter months, located on the Manistee,
Muskegon, Au Sable, Kalamazoo and Grand Rivers.

In particular, the utility is warning people about the likelihood of thin ice
upstream and downstream of the dams.

"Ice conditions on the reservoirs next to these hydro plants can change
rapidly due to unpredictable weather. In particular, we want the public to be
aware of the possibility of thin ice and dangers associated with the ice
immediately upstream of the dam itself," said Donald Baker, river hydro
superintendent for Consumers Energy.

Water currents at a hydroelectric plant can be hazardous in winter, when a
reservoir may or may not be covered with ice. Ice near a dam is not reliable
and should be avoided by snowmobilers, anglers and anyone else.

Ice-covered water downriver from a hydroelectric facility should also be
considered very dangerous, and is never a safe place to walk.

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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SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Terry DeDoes, 517-374-2159 or Roger Morgenstern, 616-530-4364
 
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