Consumers Energy’s electric customers set sixth electric demand record of summer 2001

JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 7, 2001 – Consumers Energy’s 1.7 million electric customers cranked up their air conditioners to beat today’s heat and humidity, pushing electricity demand to its sixth record high in less than eight weeks.

The utility’s customers used 8,269 megawatts (MW) of power between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. today, eclipsing the previous record of 7,898 MW set yesterday by 4.7 percent.

Before this hot summer, the record for power demand was 7,460 MW set on June 30, 1999. Today’s number exceeded that record by almost 11 percent. Here are the recent peak demand records set by the utility’s customers:

* June 30, 1999 – 7,460 MW

* June 15, 2001 – 7,473 MW

* July 24, 2001 – 7,650 MW

* July 31, 2001 – 7,750 MW

* August 1, 2001 – 7,780 MW

* August 6, 2001 – 7,898 MW

* August 7, 2001 – 8,269 MW

Consumers Energy has a special “Beat the Heat” section on its web site (www.consumersenergy.com) with many energy-saving suggestions for homes and businesses.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, is Michigan’s largest utility providing natural gas and electricity to more than six million of the state’s nearly 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information about Consumers Energy, visit our Web site at www.consumersenergy.com.

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