Consumers Energy Named 'Environmental Champion' Among Energy Providers in Midwest

  Consumers Energy Named 'Environmental Champion' Among Energy Providers in

Ranked as Third-Most Trusted in U.S. for Natural Gas, Electric Utilities

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JACKSON, Mich., July 17, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --An independent national survey
has ranked Consumers Energy as the top "environmental champion" among
providers of electricity and natural gas in the Midwest.

The new survey results, released by Cogent Reports, a division of Market
Strategies International, also rank Consumers Energy as the second-most
trusted electric and natural gas provider in the Midwest, and third overall in
the country.

"We work every day to earn the trust of the 6.5 million Michigan residents we
serve. We feel honored that our customers validated that work with this
respected survey, particularly in acknowledging our actions to take care of
the environment," said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy's vice president of
customer experience, rates and regulation.

The top ranking for environmental performance reflects Consumers Energy's
environmental efforts in several areas:

  oRenewable energy – Consumers Energy expects to see 10 percent of its
    electricity come from renewable sources by the end of this year. That is a
    year ahead of a timetable laid out by state lawmakers.
    The company opened Lake Winds® Energy Park in Mason County in late 2012
    and is building Cross Winds® Energy Park in Michigan's Thumb, set to open
    by year's end. Additionally, it has expanded its solar energy program for
    homes and businesses, and developed a program with Michigan State
    University and Michigan's agricultural community to buy electricity from
    anaerobic digesters.
  oTransition to cleaner energy – Consumers Energy plans to retire seven
    coal-fired power plants by April 2016. The company has signed an agreement
    to purchase a natural gas-fired plant in its hometown of Jackson.
  oImproving air quality – Michigan's air is the cleanest it has been in a
    generation, thanks in part to Consumers Energy's efforts to reduce
    emissions at coal-fired plants by 20 percent through 2025. The company
    expects to spend $1.3 billion over a decade to improve air quality at its
    power plants, and will reduce water usage at power plants by 20 percent as
    of 2020.
  oReducing energy usage – The company works with businesses and homeowners
    all over the state every day to reduce their energy use. Michigan
    residents saved $575 million through energy-efficiency programs through
    2013. Learn more at

"'Leaving it better than we found it' is an expression we take to heart at
Consumers Energy, and that's especially true when it comes to our
environmental efforts," Poppe said. "This environmental ranking as best in the
Midwest tells us that our customers recognize our work, which is an ongoing

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.

About the survey

Cogent Reports, a division of Market Strategies International, surveyed 19,000
customers of 125 natural gas, electricity and combination (gas and electric)
providers throughout the U.S. to develop its rankings of the most trusted



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1933, and relevant legal decisions. The forward-looking statements are subject
to risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements should be
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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 in CMS Energy's and Consumers Energy's
subsequent Forms 10-Q.

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