Consumers Energy's Budget Plan Allows Michigan Residents to Manage Bills Predictably During All Seasons

   Consumers Energy's Budget Plan Allows Michigan Residents to Manage Bills
                        Predictably During All Seasons

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., June 12, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --With Michigan now entering
summer, Consumers Energy is encouraging residents and businesses to manage
their energy bills for all seasons by enrolling in the monthly Budget Plan.

"We want to provide our customers with the tools to manage their bills and
avoid surprises when Michigan weather leads to higher energy usage. The Budget
Plan does both, delivering a predictable bill without surprises each month,"
said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy's vice president of customer operations
and quality.

The Budget Plan works by evening out bill payments over time. Instead of
paying more when energy usage is highest – such as during the recent extremely
cold winter – residents or businesses pay a set monthly amount.

More than 300,000 Consumers Energy homes and businesses are enrolled in the
Budget Plan today.

June is the ideal time for customers who use natural gas to enroll because it
is the first month of the Budget Plan year. Electric-only customers should
sign up in October.

Residents and business owners also can streamline their bill paying by
coordinating the Budget Plan with Consumers Energy's Direct Pay or online
debit and credit card payment options. Customers who choose the Direct Pay
service can receive their energy bill electronically via e-mail or receive a
paper bill.

"We're working hard to keep the price of natural gas and electricity low for
the Michigan residents we serve," Rochow said. "It's important to know that we
offer many ways to pay and that we can work with anyone who needs assistance
to pay their bill."

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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HOW TO ENROLL: Learn more about the Budget Plan and enroll online at Or call 800-477-5050.

WAYS TO PAY: Consumers Energy customers have several bill payment options.
Learn more at

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Contact: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394, or Dan Bishop, 517-788-2395
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