Consumers Energy Foundation Funds New Trail Projects, Extending Record of Support Across Michigan

  Consumers Energy Foundation Funds New Trail Projects, Extending Record of
                           Support Across Michigan

Projects in Calhoun, Allegan Counties Will Receive $50,000

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., May 27, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Consumers Energy Foundation
announced today that it is supporting two hiker-biker trails in Michigan with
$50,000 in new grants, building on its record of support for the state's trail
system.

"We are committed to promoting Michigan residents' health and quality of life,
and to promoting Pure Michigan as a tourist destination," said David
Mengebier, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. "We have supported
the development of 18 trails from the Mackinac Bridge to the Indiana line
because they make Michigan a more attractive place to live and work."

The foundation this month approved $25,000 grants for the Calhoun County
portion of the Great Lake to Lake Trail and the Blue Star Trail, between South
Haven and Saugatuck in Allegan County.

In all, the Consumers Energy Foundation has donated $238,000 to trail projects
in 17 counties across Michigan. The financial support has developed more than
400 miles of trail, enough for someone to walk or bike from Muskegon to Port
Huron and almost back.

"Consumers Energy has proven itself to be a valuable partner in these trail
projects," said Nancy Krupiarz, executive director for the Michigan Trails and
Greenways Alliance. "While state and federal grants may be available,
communities often struggle to come up with the required local match, and that
is where our private sector partners, such as Consumers Energy, can make the
pivotal difference in making these trails happen."

"Consumers Energy serves the entire Lower Peninsula, so we're well aware of
this state's beauty and natural resources," Mengebier said. "Our state's trail
system is a way everyone can share in that beauty."

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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CONSUMERS ENERGY FOUNDATION: The foundation is the philanthropic arm of
Consumers Energy. It provides funding for a variety of areas including
education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the
environment, and emerging issues. For more information, go to
www.ConsumersEnergy.com/foundation

GREAT LAKE TO LAKE TRAIL: Learn more:
www.michigantrails.org/trails/great-lake-lake-trail

BLUE STAR TRAIL: Learn more: http://www.fotbst.org/

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