Pioneering Power: Years of Michigan Rural Electrification
On Feb. 4, 1927, Consumers Energy made history with a seven-mile electricity line between Mason and Dansville, about 12 miles southeast of Lansing, Mich.
By the end of 1937, Consumers had over 10,000 miles of rural lines and 41,307 farm customers.
The plaque on the right commemorates the first rural power line
Michigan run between Mason and Dansville.
Since the Mason-Dansville line was energized, rural Michigan has changed dramatically. Today, Consumers serves over 30,000 farm customers — more than any other utility in Michigan.
While horses, swine, poultry, sheep and cattle account for the largest number of animals in our service territory, llamas, buffalo, elk and other “exotic” species also benefit from having the company as a wired hand.
“In 1949, we brought electricity to our 100,000th farm customer — making us the first utility in the nation to reach this milestone. We’re pleased to continue our tradition of providing safe and reliable electric service.”
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