John G. Strand, Chairman Dorothy Wideman
John C. Shea Mary Jo Kunkle
David A. Svanda (517)334-6983

     LANSING, July 14.  The Michigan Public Service Commission
today announced that it is establishing contested case proceedings to
consider the terms of the tariffs under which electric customers could
choose another electricity supplier and other related issues.  These
contested hearings will define the rates, terms and conditions under which
the electric customers of Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison will be
able to exercise that choice.  Additionally, the hearings will potentially
affect the rates, terms, and conditions under which all other customers
continue to take electric service.

     Today's order follows a Commission order on June 5, 1997 which
established a framework for a program under which Consumers Energy
and Detroit Edison customers would be able to choose another electric
supplier.  The Commission directed Consumers Energy and Detroit
Edison to file tariffs and implementation plans which the companies filed,
along with other related requests, including Consumers Energy's and
Detroit Edison's request to suspend their power supply cost recovery
clauses.  These filings will be the subject of public hearings. 

      A prehearing conference on Detroit Edison's and Consumers
Energy's tariffs will be held:

          July 23, 1997
          9:00 a.m.
          Michigan Public Service Commission
          6545 Mercantile Way, Suite 7
          Lansing, Michigan

     A prehearing conference on all other matters will be held:

          July 31, 1997
          9:00 a.m.
          Michigan Public Service Commission 
          6545 Mercantile Way, Suite 7
          Lansing, Michigan

    Any interested person may attend and participate.  Anyone
interested in becoming a party to any of these cases must file a petition to
intervene along with 15 copies of the document.  Anyone interested in
making a statement without becoming a party to a case may participate by
attending the hearing and advising the administrative law judge of his
interest in making a statement.

     For more information contact the MPSC at (517) 334-6983.

     The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Consumer and
Industry Services.

Cases Nos. U-11290, U-11449, U-11451, U-11452, U-11453, U-11454
July 14, 1997
(Contested cases begun to implement a customer choice program for
electric customers)