For 125 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.
Here is a timeline of key events that define the company and help lay the foundation for CMS Energy.