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Dr. Jack Albertine Named to SEMCO ENERGY Board of Directors

PORT HURON, Mich., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMCO ENERGY (NYSE: SEN) today announced that Washington, D.C. business executive Dr. Jack M. Albertine has been elected to the Company's Board of Directors.

William L. Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., made the announcement.

"Dr. Albertine's career in business and in government provide him with unique qualifications. His service as the Executive Director of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee under Senator Lloyd Bentsen brings a new perspective to our Board. He is directly involved in the economy, as evidenced by his recent association with Ark Capital, to acquire a chain of 55 midwestern Shoebilee shoe stores. As an experienced top management executive, he's also very familiar with the challenges of leading a successful company. For these and other reasons, I'm very pleased and excited to have Jack join our team," said Johnson.

Dr. Albertine is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Albertine Enterprises, Inc., an economic consulting and merchant banking firm located in Washington, D.C. Albertine served as the President of the American Business Conference, a coalition of 100 medium-size, fast growing companies based in Washington, D.C. He reported to Arthur Levitt, Jr., the current chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, who founded the Conference. Dr. Albertine worked for Senator Lloyd Bentsen for six years and served as the Executive Director of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee when Bentsen chaired the body. He also was appointed by President Reagan as the Chairman of the Presidential Aviation Safety Commission in the late 1980s. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.

Presently, Dr. Albertine is on the Board of New York Stock Exchange-listed Company, American Precision Industries, Buffalo, NY and is a director of Intermagnetics General, Latham, NY, which is listed on the American Stock Exchange. Dr. Albertine is frequently heard on "Marketplace" of Public Radio International, appeared on NBC and ABC television and is regularly quoted by prominent business and general interest publications.

SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY and ENSTAR Natural Gas Company are divisions of SEMCO ENERGY Inc., a diversified energy and infrastructure company that distributes natural gas to more than 350,000 combined customers in Michigan and Alaska. SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES, its subsidiary, acquires an operates businesses in gas engineering and quality assurance services; pipeline construction services; propane distribution; intrastate pipelines; and natural gas storage in various regions of the United States.
CONTACT: Francis R. Lieder of SEMCO ENERGY Inc., 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, or fax, 810-989-4098

"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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