NRC Approves Palisades License Amendment

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Consumers Energy

    SOUTH HAVEN, Mich., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Consumers Energy has received approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
 Commission (NRC) to amend the license of its Palisades nuclear plant to
 transfer plant operating authority to Nuclear Management Company (NMC) of
 Hudson, Wisconsin.  The formal operating authority transfer from Consumers to
 NMC is expected by July.
     Consumers Energy submitted its request to the NRC for license transfer in
 November 2000.  Under its agreement with NMC, Consumers will continue to own
 the 789-megawatt plant located near South Haven, Michigan.  The utility will
 also retain the financial obligations for the safe operation, maintenance and
 decommissioning of the plant, as well as the safe storage and management of
 used nuclear fuel stored on site.
     NMC was formed in 1999 by Northern States Power Co. (now Xcel Energy
 Inc.), Alliant Energy, Wisconsin Electric Power Co. and Wisconsin Public
 Service Co. to operate and manage the nuclear generating plants owned by the
 four utilities.  Consumers Energy is now a part owner of NMC.
     The addition of Palisades makes NMC the sixth largest privately owned
 nuclear operating company in the United States, with 4,500 megawatts of
 generating capacity.  Palisades is the largest single unit of NMC's fleet of
 seven nuclear plants.
     The Palisades plant has a rated capacity of 789 megawatts of electricity,
 enough to meet the needs of a community of more than 500,000 residents.
     Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation, is
 Michigan's largest utility providing natural gas and electricity to more than
 six million of the state's 9.9 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula
 counties.
     For more information regarding Consumers Energy, visit our Website at
 http://www.consumersenergy.com
 
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    SOUTH HAVEN, Mich., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Consumers Energy has received approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
 Commission (NRC) to amend the license of its Palisades nuclear plant to
 transfer plant operating authority to Nuclear Management Company (NMC) of
 Hudson, Wisconsin.  The formal operating authority transfer from Consumers to
 NMC is expected by July.
     Consumers Energy submitted its request to the NRC for license transfer in
 November 2000.  Under its agreement with NMC, Consumers will continue to own
 the 789-megawatt plant located near South Haven, Michigan.  The utility will
 also retain the financial obligations for the safe operation, maintenance and
 decommissioning of the plant, as well as the safe storage and management of
 used nuclear fuel stored on site.
     NMC was formed in 1999 by Northern States Power Co. (now Xcel Energy
 Inc.), Alliant Energy, Wisconsin Electric Power Co. and Wisconsin Public
 Service Co. to operate and manage the nuclear generating plants owned by the
 four utilities.  Consumers Energy is now a part owner of NMC.
     The addition of Palisades makes NMC the sixth largest privately owned
 nuclear operating company in the United States, with 4,500 megawatts of
 generating capacity.  Palisades is the largest single unit of NMC's fleet of
 seven nuclear plants.
     The Palisades plant has a rated capacity of 789 megawatts of electricity,
 enough to meet the needs of a community of more than 500,000 residents.
     Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation, is
 Michigan's largest utility providing natural gas and electricity to more than
 six million of the state's 9.9 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula
 counties.
     For more information regarding Consumers Energy, visit our Website at
 http://www.consumersenergy.com
 
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