Consumers Energy Investing $150 Million to Strengthen and Expand Natural Gas Lines Throughout Michigan

 Consumers Energy Investing $150 Million to Strengthen and Expand Natural Gas
                          Lines Throughout Michigan

Additional Workforce of 450 in Last Two Years

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., June 5, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy is spending over
$150 million this year to strengthen and expand its natural gas system
throughout Michigan.

"This work is part of our ongoing plan to provide safe, reliable natural gas
service in communities we serve," said Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy's vice
president of energy delivery. "We are proud that these efforts involve putting
more Michiganders to work. Consumers Energy has hired an additional 450
skilled employees over the past two years who are dedicated to a significant
portion of this work."

The gas system improvements will upgrade portions of Consumers Energy's 29,000
miles of distribution and transmission gas pipelines that serve 1.7 million
natural gas customers in Michigan. The company's $82 million enhanced
infrastructure program includes 59 projects to replace 88 miles of pipeline.

Key enhancement projects for 2014 include:

  o18 projects in numerous cities within Oakland and Wayne counties
  o12 projects in Flint, Burton, Mt. Morris, and Imlay City
  oNine projects in Kalamazoo and Decatur
  oSeven projects in Saginaw, Bay City, Kochville and Bangor Township
  oSeven projects in Lansing, Webberville, Williamston and Portland
  oThree projects in Hastings and Owosso
  oTwo projects in Alma
  oOne project in Tecumseh

These projects are in addition to more than $68 million that Consumers Energy
will spend this year to expand and enhance other areas of its statewide
natural gas system:

  oMore than $21 million to replace or move natural gas lines and related
    infrastructure due to civic improvement projects such as road and sewer
  oNearly $17 million to accommodate new business growth as the state's
    economy continues to improve
  oMore than $26 million to add more than 2,500 new customers to its natural
    gas system, who are switching from another heating fuel, such as propane.
  oOver $4 million to upgrade service to existing customers in targeted

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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This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in Rule
3b-6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Rule 175 of the Securities Act of
1933, and relevant legal decisions. The forward-looking statements are subject
to risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements should be
considered in the context of the risk and other factors detailed from time to
time in CMS Energy's and Consumers Energy's Securities and Exchange Commission
filings. Forward-looking statements should be read in conjunction with
CMS Energy's Form 10-K and Consumers Energy's Form 10-K each for the year
ended December 31, 2013 and as updated by in CMS Energy's and Consumers
Energy's Forms 10-Q.

CMS Energy's and Consumers Energy's "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND
INFORMATION" and "RISK FACTORS" sections are incorporated herein by reference
and discuss important factors that could cause CMS Energy's and Consumers
Energy's results to differ materially from those anticipated in such

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Contact: Debra Dodd, 586-918-0597, or Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394
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