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SEMCO ENERGY Rate Case Settlement Approved By the Michigan Public Service Commission

PORT HURON, Mich., March 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN) today announced that the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has approved a rate case settlement for its Michigan division, SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY.

The MPSC gave final approval on March 29 to the settlement, which is expected to produce an additional $7.113 million in revenue in SEMCO ENERGY's MPSC-regulated service area. These rate adjustments, effective March 30, 2005, do not affect SEMCO ENERGY's customers in Battle Creek, MI. Battle Creek rates are regulated by the City Commission of Battle Creek. SEMCO ENERGY filed it rate increase request with the MPSC in December 2004.

A typical residential customer will see an increase of $2.07 a month as a result of the MPSC-approved rate increase, not including natural gas charges. Natural gas charges fluctuate based on market prices and that cost is passed along to customers.

"We appreciate the efforts of the MPSC staff and other parties in the case to work with us to reach this agreement," said Eugene N. Dubay, Chief Operating Officer of SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY. "This settlement takes into consideration the fact that the cost of doing business is increasing for SEMCO ENERGY, just as it is for other companies, and that rate adjustments are necessary to recover those costs."

For more detailed information regarding specific rate changes please visit SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY's web site: http://www.semcoenergygas.com

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. distributes natural gas to more than 398,000 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.

SOURCE  SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
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    /CONTACT:  Analysts Contact: Thomas Connelly, Director of Investor
Relations, +1-248-458-6163, or Media Contact: Timothy Lubbers, Director of
Marketing & Corporate Communications, +1-810-887-4208, both of SEMCO ENERGY,
Inc./
    /Web site:  http://www.semcoenergy.com
                http://www.semcoenergygas.com /
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CO:  SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.; Michigan Public Service Commission
ST:  Michigan
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"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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