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SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. Announces Changes to the Board of Directors

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN) today announced the following changes to its Board of Directors:

John R. Hinton has been appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chairman of the Board William L. Johnson. Mr. Johnson will retire effective February 28, 2002. Marcus Jackson, President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc., will become Chairman of the Board.

Thomas W. Sherman will be nominated by the Board to replace current Director Daniel Burkhardt. Mr. Burkhardt will not stand for re-election when his current term ends in April 2002. Mr. Sherman's nomination will be voted on during the annual Shareholder's meeting, April 16, 2002, in Port Huron, MI.

Mr. Jackson made the announcement.

"SEMCO ENERGY is fortunate to be able to add the extensive financial experience of John Hinton to the Board of Directors immediately and will benefit further when Thomas Sherman joins us in April," he said. "These men bring to the Board of Directors the type of financial expertise and business savvy needed to develop policy as we continue to reshape the Company for an increasingly successful future."

Mr. Hinton, of Bonita Springs, FL, retired from Kellogg Company in 1999 as Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

He held a variety of senior-level positions with the Battle Creek-based cereal company during more than a decade with Kellogg. His roles included serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kellogg North America and Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Kellogg Company. He was employed by Bendix Corporation in various accounting and treasury positions before joining Kellogg Company in 1988.

Mr. Hinton holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin.

Mr. Sherman, of Manchester, MA, retired in June 2000 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bay State Gas Company. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the utility and is a consultant for the parent company, NiSource, Inc.

Mr. Sherman served in a variety of areas during his 34-year career with Bay State Gas Company, including serving as Chief Financial Officer and Director from 1975 until 2000.

He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and currently serves on the Finance Committee for the town of Manchester, MA.

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. distributes natural gas to more than 367,000 customers combined in Michigan, as SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, and in Alaska, as ENSTAR Natural Gas Company. It owns and operates businesses involved in natural gas pipeline construction services, propane distribution, intrastate 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: Analysts Contact: Thomas Connelly, Director of Investor Relations, +1-248-702-6240, Fax: +1-248-702-6303, E-mail: thomas.connelly@semcoenergy.com , or Media Contact: Francis R. Lieder, Jr., Manager of Corporate Communications & Media Affairs, +1-810-987-2200, ext. 4186, Fax: +1-810-989-4098, E-mail: francis.lieder@semcoenergy.com , both of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.

"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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