Marcus Jackson Named President and CEO of SEMCO ENERGY

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.

    PORT HURON, Mich., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Under a plan designed to
 provide the Company with skilled leadership well into the future, William L.
 Johnson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY
 (NYSE:   SEN), today announced the election of Marcus Jackson, a current member
 of the Board of Directors as President and Chief Executive Officer of the
 Company.  After holding a number of senior management positions, in May 2000,
 Jackson, who is 49, became the Executive Vice President of Kansas City Power &
 Light Company.  The firm is a leading provider of energy and related products
 and services in Kansas City, MO.  He also is the President of Great Plains
 Power.
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     Johnson remains as Chairman of the SEMCO ENERGY Board until a date to be
 announced in 2002, after which he will retire.  During the transition, Johnson
 will focus primarily on the continuing growth of NATCOMM, SEMCO's engineering
 and construction business.
     "This change is the natural result of ongoing leadership succession
 planning," Johnson said.  "It's the product of very methodical work that we've
 conducted for some time.  We were fortunate to have Marc join our Board in
 1999.  He is an outstanding and proven leader and I am delighted that he has
 agreed to join us as President and Chief Executive Officer."
     Slated to begin his new assignment at SEMCO on June 1, Jackson said, "The
 changing energy environment presents many opportunities for personal as well
 as industry leadership.  I have supported the approaches taken by SEMCO ENERGY
 to increase long-term shareholder value and look forward to working with the
 excellent team the Company has in place."
     Of his own tenure at SEMCO ENERGY, which began in 1996, Johnson said,
 "Upon my retirement, I will have spent more than six years as the leader of a
 publicly held company and that's a good, long time by today's standards.  I am
 pleased with the work done to reinvent the company and position SEMCO ENERGY
 for a bright future.  Marc Jackson already is a member of the team and has 23
 years' experience in the utility industry that includes expertise in
 engineering, operations, finance, mergers and acquisitions and organization
 development.  He has helped refine our Strategic Plan and I have every
 confidence he will provide the leadership necessary to enhance shareholder
 value in the coming years."
     SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy and infrastructure company that
 distributes natural gas to more than 350,000 customers in Michigan and Alaska.
 It also owns and operates businesses involved in natural gas engineering and
 quality assurance services, pipeline construction services, propane
 distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage in various regions
 of the United States.  In addition, it provides information technology and
 outsourcing services, specializing in the mid-range computer market.
 
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    PORT HURON, Mich., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Under a plan designed to
 provide the Company with skilled leadership well into the future, William L.
 Johnson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY
 (NYSE:   SEN), today announced the election of Marcus Jackson, a current member
 of the Board of Directors as President and Chief Executive Officer of the
 Company.  After holding a number of senior management positions, in May 2000,
 Jackson, who is 49, became the Executive Vice President of Kansas City Power &
 Light Company.  The firm is a leading provider of energy and related products
 and services in Kansas City, MO.  He also is the President of Great Plains
 Power.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010425/DEW050-a
              http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010425/DEW050-b )
     Johnson remains as Chairman of the SEMCO ENERGY Board until a date to be
 announced in 2002, after which he will retire.  During the transition, Johnson
 will focus primarily on the continuing growth of NATCOMM, SEMCO's engineering
 and construction business.
     "This change is the natural result of ongoing leadership succession
 planning," Johnson said.  "It's the product of very methodical work that we've
 conducted for some time.  We were fortunate to have Marc join our Board in
 1999.  He is an outstanding and proven leader and I am delighted that he has
 agreed to join us as President and Chief Executive Officer."
     Slated to begin his new assignment at SEMCO on June 1, Jackson said, "The
 changing energy environment presents many opportunities for personal as well
 as industry leadership.  I have supported the approaches taken by SEMCO ENERGY
 to increase long-term shareholder value and look forward to working with the
 excellent team the Company has in place."
     Of his own tenure at SEMCO ENERGY, which began in 1996, Johnson said,
 "Upon my retirement, I will have spent more than six years as the leader of a
 publicly held company and that's a good, long time by today's standards.  I am
 pleased with the work done to reinvent the company and position SEMCO ENERGY
 for a bright future.  Marc Jackson already is a member of the team and has 23
 years' experience in the utility industry that includes expertise in
 engineering, operations, finance, mergers and acquisitions and organization
 development.  He has helped refine our Strategic Plan and I have every
 confidence he will provide the leadership necessary to enhance shareholder
 value in the coming years."
     SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy and infrastructure company that
 distributes natural gas to more than 350,000 customers in Michigan and Alaska.
 It also owns and operates businesses involved in natural gas engineering and
 quality assurance services, pipeline construction services, propane
 distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage in various regions
 of the United States.  In addition, it provides information technology and
 outsourcing services, specializing in the mid-range computer market.
 
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