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Secretary Abraham reappoints Consumers Energy’s Rufus Gladney to national post

JACKSON, Mich., April 22, 2002 — Consumers Energy’s executive manager of business services, Rufus D. Gladney, has been reappointed to the National Petroleum Council (NPC) by Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.

The Secretary of Energy appoints the members of the NPC to represent all segments of the oil and gas industries and related interests. Gladney was reappointed for the NPC’s 2002-2003 term and joins other council members from across the United States. He was first appointed to the NPC in 2001.

Gladney is also the chairman of the board of directors for the American Association of Blacks in Energy. The 23-year utility veteran is based in Jackson.

The purpose of the NPC is to advise, inform, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Energy, at his request, on matters relating to oil and natural gas or to the oil and gas industries.

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 its web site at www.consumersenergy.com