William Augustine Foote was a flour mill operator who liked to tinker with electricity. His hobby would ultimately lead to one of the nation’s largest combination electricity and natural gas companies. But not before he and his brother would solve a lighting problem in downtown Jackson. This is what happens when a curious mind meets a challenge.

Our founder’s spirit of innovation and community service lives on today. You can see it in the thousands of men and women who work hard to provide you with safe, reliable and affordable energy. It’s visible in our strategy to build a strong, sustainable energy future for Michigan. And it’s alive in the 68 counties we serve through our commitment to improve the quality of life for you and your community.

Keeping Our Promise to Michigan for 130 Years

In honor of our 130th anniversary, we published Building For the Future, a book that tells how we’ve met Michigan’s energy needs safely, while caring for the communities we serve and the environment we cherish.

Dedicated to generations of hard-working employees and their families, this book is a fitting reminder of our heritage of service as we lead the way into the future.