Four Michigan Farms Selected to Produce Electricity with Anaerobic Digesters for Consumers Energy

 Four Michigan Farms Selected to Produce Electricity with Anaerobic Digesters
                             for Consumers Energy

New program expands sources of renewable energy

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., July 22, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy is taking steps
to diversify its energy supply and help the environment by selecting four
Michigan farms to produce renewable energy with anaerobic digesters.

"We are excited to move forward with this new program to develop dependable,
renewable energy produced here in our state for the Michigan homes and
businesses we serve," said Timothy Sparks, Consumers Energy's vice president
of energy supply operations. "The addition of anaerobic digestion brings more
diversity to our existing renewable energy supply from wind, solar, biomass
and hydroelectric dams."

Consumers Energy developed this new anaerobic digester program along with
Michigan State University and the state's agricultural community. Anaerobic
digesters generate electricity from biodegradable material – in this case from
four Michigan farms.

The farms will be offered the opportunity to generate electricity under
long-term contracts that collectively provide 2.6 megawatts of electric
capacity. That's enough to power about 2,800 homes.

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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WHO WAS CHOSEN: The following Michigan farms were selected:

  oBeaver Creek Farms, Coopersville
  oBrook View Dairy, Freeport
  oGreen Meadow Farms Inc., Elsie
  oScenic View Dairy, Fennville

CONSUMERS ENERGY'S PROGRAM: Learn more about Consumers Energy's anaerobic
digester program: www.ConsumersEnergy.com/EARP.

HOW THEY WORK: Learn more about the workings of anaerobic digesters:
www.americanbiogascouncil.org/biogas_howSystemsWork.asp.

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394, or Dan Bishop, 517-788-2395
 
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