Consumers Energy turns 125 years old today. In 1886 William Augustine Foote and Samuel Jarvis secured a Jackson franchise agreement from the Jackson Common Council. Their first service…illuminating the downtown area of Jackson with arc lighting. 125 years later, their corporate headquarters is still located in Jackson, Michigan as they serve 6.8 million Michigan residents, including 1.7 million natural gas customers.
Consumers Energy is going to be celebrating all year-long and they’re kicking it off today with some grants to Michigan communities totaling $1.25 million. You can read a complete history of Consumers Energy along with an accompanying Flickr album. You can also watch the video below from their YouTube channel.
Last month they launched their new Natural Gas Resource Center. The center has a ton of useful information for their natural gas customers including information on safety, costs, call 811, even a calculator. There’s more stuff there so take some time to check it out.
Wow…125…pretty old. I’m going to need to do some research to see if that’s the oldest utility out there. Actually, if your utility is older, leave a comment below.
Hat tip to Dan Gretzner for the story.