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CMS-MST Wins City of Columbus MW Contract

CMS-MST Wins City of Columbus MW Contract

The lights will shine in the city of Columbus, OH, for at least the next five years if CMS Energy Corp. has anything to say about it. CMS Marketing, Services and Trading (CMS-MST) reported last week that it has been awarded a long term contract to provide wholesale electricity and other energy services to the city's 13,000 residential and commercial customers.

"This contract will protect Columbus' municipal utility from the risk of sharp increases in the price of electricity," said Tamela W. Pallas, president of CMS Marketing, Services and Trading. The marketer will manage the risks both of existing and new contracts.

Under the agreement, CMS-MST will supply the entire electricity demand for Columbus' Division of Electricity over a five-year period commencing January 1, 2001. In addition to the residential and commercial customers, the agreement encompasses the electricity needs of all of the city's buildings and streetlights. The municipal utility in the past has served a peak demand of 147 MW which was set back in July 1999. CMS' bid won the contract over several other electricity marketers.

Alex Steis

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