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SEMCO ENERGY Warns of Possible Deceptive Natural Gas Marketing; Customers Advised to Carefully Review Marketing Solicitations

PORT HURON, Mich., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY is alerting customers of possible deceptive marketing tactics targeting natural gas customers in SEMCO ENERGY service areas.

The Gas Company has received complaints of customers being contacted by people claiming to be marketing natural gas contracts to residential and business customers and implying they are associated with SEMCO ENERGY.

SEMCO ENERGY does not solicit residential or commercial customers for natural gas contracts. Customers are advised to be extremely cautious about any personal information they provide in telephone solicitations. If you have questions about being contacted by someone representing SEMCO ENERGY, please call 1-800-624-2019 or e-mail All SEMCO ENERGY field personnel carry SEMCO ENERGY photo identification.

SEMCO ENERGY customers have the option to buy their natural gas from a third-party provider, however, SEMCO ENERGY does not solicit customers to sign up for the Customer Choice program. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) provides a list of all natural gas marketers licensed in Michigan on the MPSC web site: The site includes a tab showing eligible Customer Choice marketers active in SEMCO ENERGY service areas.

Information about Customer Choice, including suggested questions to consider when selecting a third-party provider, is also available on the SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY web site, Just select Residential Service then Customer Choice from the Navigation Bar.

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. distributes natural gas to more than 400,000 customers combined in Michigan, as SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, and in Alaska, as ENSTAR Natural Gas Company. It also owns and operates businesses involved in propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage in various regions of the United States.

The following is a "Safe-Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Statements that are not historic facts, including statements about the Company's outlook, beliefs, plans, goals and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the effects of weather, the economic climate, competition, commodity prices, changing conditions in the capital markets, regulatory approval processes, success in obtaining new business, success in defending claims against the Company, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.


CONTACT: Timothy Lubbers, Director of Marketing & Corporate
Communications of SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, 810-887-4208

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding SEMCO Energy's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.

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