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Izzo to Succeed Hatches as President of ENSTAR

PORT HURON, Mich., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthony M. Izzo has been named to succeed Barrett Hatches, who resigned effective today, as President of ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, a division of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. Hatches has accepted a position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). He will facilitate a transition period through the end of March.

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

"I have every confidence that Tony Izzo will uphold the same high standard of leadership as did Barrett Hatches. SEMCO ENERGY was fortunate to have someone of Barrett's capabilities taking on the challenging tasks of shaping our strategy, diversifying and growing our company and I'm pleased to see him take the helm of NIPSCO."

Before being named Vice President of Engineering and Operations of ENSTAR in December 1999, Tony Izzo had served as City President of the Battle Creek, Michigan, Gas Division of SEMCO ENERGY, where he was responsible for all aspects of gas distribution operations for customers of the western Michigan city. His 20-year career in the industry also includes experience at New Jersey Natural Gas Company as General Manager of Distribution & Construction.

"Since I came to Alaska in 1999, I have come to appreciate the unique characteristics of the community and its people, as well as the special features of operating a gas distribution company here," Izzo said. "I'm very excited about this opportunity to play an even more intimate role in ENSTAR's service to, and citizenship in, Alaska."

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy and infrastructure company that distributes natural gas to more than 350,000 customers in Michigan and Alaska. It also owns and operates businesses involved in natural gas engineering and quality assurance services, pipeline construction services, propane distribution interstate pipelines and natural gas storage in various regions of the United States. In addition, it provides information technology and outsourcing services, specializing in the mid-range computer market.
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CONTACT: Media Contact: Francis Lieder, Jr., of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., 810-987-2200, ext. 4186; or Alaska Contact: Barbara Akins of ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, 907-264-3660

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