For 130 years, CMS Energy has provided some of the most valuable services in the world. Whether lighting a classroom in Grand Rapids, moving an assembly line in Flint, powering an X-ray machine in a Kalamazoo hospital or heating a home during the winter, CMS Energy is part of the quality of life in Michigan.
Consumers Energy was founded in 1886 by William Augustine Foote, a flour mill operator and entrepreneur who enjoyed tinkering with electricity. Foote's innovative vision transformed his company from a small downtown lighting project to one of the nation's largest utility companies.
Learn about the people and pivotal moments shaping Consumers Energy, especially during the past 50 years. View our history book here.
Here is a timeline of key events that define the company and help lay the foundation for CMS Energy.