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Dow Corning Announces One of the Largest Private Purchases of Renewable Energy

Dow Corning Corporation announced today an agreement to purchase more than 14,000 megawatt hours of wind generated renewable energy through Consumers Energy's Green Generation program, making Dow Corning one of the largest private purchasers of renewable energy in the State of Michigan. By using wind generated electricity, approximately 10,000 tons of CO2 will be prevented from being released into the environment.

The amount of energy purchased through this agreement is equivalent to nearly 100 percent of the electrical load required at Dow Corning's Corporate Headquarters in Midland, Mich., a site with more than 1100 employees and home to the company's technically sophisticated global research and development center. The amount of energy required to power the site is equivalent to the needs of 1,700 Michigan homes each year.

"This underscores Dow Corning's leadership and commitment beyond the production of components for all types of solar applications to the use of renewable energy to meet our power needs," said Marie Eckstein, Dow Corning Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. "These kinds of steps benefit our nation and our state in several ways: producing alternative energy jobs in Michigan, providing a reliable source of clean energy, and demonstrating the potential of partnerships to address serious energy issues."

"We are very pleased that Dow Corning is now the largest private participant in our Green Generation program," said John G. Russell, Consumers Energy's president and chief operating officer. "The leadership demonstrated by Dow Corning is consistent with its cutting-edge manufacturing of solar applications and technology."

Consumers Energy's Green Generation program was the first voluntary renewable energy program in Michigan, and one of the most successful in the country. The program was authorized by the Michigan Public Service Commission and launched in 2005.

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