In Your Community For More Than A Century

Posted on April 30, 2010. Filed under: History |

Consumers Energy has a long history of serving Michigan communities. The company was founded in 1886 by William Augustine Foote, a flour mill operator and entrepreneur who enjoyed tinkering with electricity. Foote teamed up with Samuel Jarvis to secure a franchise agreement from the city council in Jackson, Michigan to illuminate the downtown area with arc lighting. Their innovative vision transformed his company from a small downtown lighting project to one of the nation’s largest utility companies. For a full history visit

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