CMS Energy’s marketing unit expands to California

HOUSTON, November 14, 2001 — CMS Energy Corporation’s energy marketing unit, CMS Marketing, Services and Trading (CMS-MST) announced it has expanded into California and hired Laird Dyer to the new position of director of West marketing in California.

“CMS-MST has grown significantly in the past year with a geographic focus in the Midwest around our corporate asset positions. In the past few months, we have been expanding our commodity operations to the West Coast, building upon the leadership position of our energy performance contracting subsidiary CMS Viron Energy Services,” said Tamela Pallas, president of CMS Marketing, Services and Trading. “Customers in this region count on CMS Viron to help them save energy as well as improve power reliability through distributed generation resources. Now we will be able to offer gas and power supplies as well. Laird Dyer will be a tremendous asset to our expansion into the West Coast because of his broad energy background and seven years of experience in that market.”

Dyer, 42, previously was director with Enron North America with responsibilities for natural gas and power transactions in the western United States. Before joining Enron in 1994 he was a strategist with Pacific Gas Transmission in San Francisco. Earlier in his career, he worked for Amoco Production Company in natural gas marketing.

Dyer earned a bachelor of applied science degree in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1982.

CMS Marketing, Services and Trading (CMS-MST), which was recently ranked in the top 5 Best Places to Work in Houston by the Houston Business Journal, has 11,000 customers throughout the eastern and central United States and Canada. CMS-MST markets annually more than 600 billion physical cubic feet of natural gas, 3.7 trillion cubic feet of financial gas, 37,781 gigawatt-hours of electricity, 31 million barrels of oil and 9 million barrels of liquids. CMS Marketing, Services and Trading also provides energy management services, and for the previous year was rated first in customer satisfaction among 68 large U.S. gas marketers.

CMS Energy Corporation has annual sales of $15 billion and assets of $16 billion throughout the U.S. and in selected foreign markets with businesses in electric and natural gas utility operations; independent power production; natural gas pipelines, gathering, processing and storage; LNG importation; oil and gas exploration and production; and energy marketing, services and trading.

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