Marcus Jackson Named to the SEMCO ENERGY Board of Directors

PORT HURON, Mich., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMGS) today announced that Kansas City business executive Marcus Jackson has been elected to the Company's Board of Directors.

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

"Marcus Jackson has an impressive background in the energy industry that will serve as a tremendous asset to SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. and its subsidiaries. We are pleased to be able to add his skills to the Board of Directors," Johnson said.

He replaces Stewart Kniff, who is leaving the Board.

"SEMCO ENERGY long will reap the rewards of Stewart Kniff's contribution to its restructuring and we are most grateful for his year of service," Johnson said.

Jackson has been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kansas City Power & Light Co. since November 1996. He joined the utility in 1974 as an engineer. As a project engineer for Provo Arabia Ltd. from July 1980 through August 1983, he worked on the first steam-generated power plants in Saudi Arabia.

Jackson returned to Kansas City Light & Power Co. in 1983. Among other management posts, he also has held the titles of Assistant Director of Power Supply, Senior Director of Power Supply, Vice President of Power Production and Senior Vice President of Power Supply at the company.

While serving as Senior Vice President of Power Supply, Jackson also was actively involved in the development of KLT Power, Inc., a subsidiary of Kansas City Power & Light Co. He served as President and as Chairman of the Board of KLT Power, Inc.

"The SEMCO ENERGY Board of Directors has done a commendable job guiding the transformation of this Company from a utility into a diversified energy group without abandoning its core strengths. It is exciting to be able to make a contribution to the development of such a dynamic company," Jackson said.

SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy services and infrastructure company organized into two major segments: Natural gas distribution and diversified businesses.

SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY distributes natural gas to 250,000 customers in 22 counties in Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Another 200 customers, chiefly commercial and industrial, are served through gas transportation services.

SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES acquires and operates businesses involved in gas engineering and quality assurance services, pipeline construction services, propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage in Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
CONTACT: Francis R. Lieder of SEMCO ENERGY, 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.