Going the Distance: Consumers Energy, Employees Take Part in Walk for Warmth Events to Help People Across Michigan

 Going the Distance: Consumers Energy, Employees Take Part in Walk for Warmth
                    Events to Help People Across Michigan

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 19, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy employees are
taking action to help Michigan residents stay warm this winter by walking by
the hundreds in Walk for Warmth events across the state.

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Consumers Energy is making the commitment to helping people heat their homes
by donating $2 for every dollar that employees, family and friends raise by
volunteering in Walk for Warmth events. Last year, the company and employees
raised $112,000.

"As part of our Promise to care for the communities we serve, Consumers Energy
employees are taking part in 34 walks this year," said Patti Poppe, Consumers
Energy's vice president of customer experience, rates and regulation. "Every
dollar we raise will go toward helping our most vulnerable neighbors,
including those who are elderly and disabled, and those who can't afford to
pay their heating bills."

Consumers Energy is partnering with local Community Action Agencies statewide
to sponsor Walk for Warmth events. The money that participants raise will
provide energy assistance for Michigan residents – a priority for Consumers
Energy in this extremely cold winter.

"This is the coldest winter in a generation, and people are using more natural
gas to stay warm. In response, we've launched our 'Beat the Freeze' campaign
to help people use less energy and to provide resources to manage their
bills," Poppe said. "We encourage anyone in the communities we serve to join
us at Walk for Warmth events and help their neighbors."

Hundreds of Consumers Energy employees will take part Friday in the Walk for
Warmth event in Jackson, which will start inside the company's headquarters
and extend through downtown. Registration will start at 11 a.m., with the walk
to follow at noon.

Many more employees will bolster Walk for Warmth events Saturday at 24
locations throughout Michigan, including Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and
Saginaw. All Walk for Warmth events are open to the public.

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.


WALK FOR WARMTH: For a full list of walks, dates and times:

BEAT THE FREEZE: Consumers Energy is helping Michigan residents with this
winter's energy bills. People should call 800-477-5050 for bill payment
assistance, or learn more at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/energyanswers.

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
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