Entries by Amanda Knaebel

From ice storms to hurricanes: On the front lines of mutual assistance

For many of the linemen working in Puerto Rico, this isn’t their first brush with restoring power after a natural disaster. Along the circuits, you’ll hear workers swapping stories about climbing poles in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, or hanging lines along the East Coast following Superstorm Sandy. For a handful of DTE Energy linemen, […]

GALLERY: Powering Puerto Rico – Day 23

It’s been 23 days since DTE Energy crews landed in Puerto Rico to help restore power to the island. The team has made significant progress in the rural parts of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, restoring close to 2,000 customers spread out across mountains, farmland and El Yunque National Rainforest. Despite the narrow roads, tough terrain and […]

Day in the life of our linemen in Puerto Rico

It’s about 5 a.m. The island is still dark, but you can hear the waves crashing onto the shore and the harmonized song of the native coqui frogs. You roll yourself out of bed, brush the dirt off your boots and get ready. It’s time to get to work. You make your way to the […]

Treating medical needs in the jungles of Puerto Rico

When DTE Energy began planning for its largest and most complicated mutual assistance trip yet, there were a lot of elements to plan for, including what to do should one of the linemen become injured or sick while working in the rural, mountainous jungle of Puerto Rico. Safety is DTE’s No. 1 priority, and a […]

GALLERY: Powering Puerto Rico

It’s day six of DTE Energy’s journey to power Puerto Rico, and line crews have already made significant progress in one of the most unique and challenging mutual assistance trips the company has faced. From adjusting to the hot humid weather and mountainous terrain, to squeezing bucket trucks through narrow, windy roads – even the […]

How you can help power Puerto Rico

Months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure, many of the island residents are still in the dark and in need of critical, everyday items such as water, food and first aid supplies. DTE Energy is supporting our American counterparts by deploying more than 80 skilled workers who will spend many weeks working to […]

The power behind DTE’s Puerto Rico Relief efforts

In less than two weeks, DTE Energy trucks, equipment and people will reach the shores of Puerto Rico, joining the massive effort to restore power to the island after Hurricane Maria destroyed its infrastructure back in September. But what does it take to coordinate such an effort, and who does it? Kathrine Horan, manager of […]

Saving lives over lunch

It was another normal lunch meeting for Husaninder Singh, supervising engineer at DTE Energy. He was meeting with Jonathan Hou, a DTE vendor, to discuss a project the companies had been working on. They were exchanging shop talk when Singh noticed Hou hunched over in his chair with tears streaming down his eyes. “I don’t […]

Five tips every holiday host should know

Cooking food for the whole family is enough pressure. Add in the distraction of welcoming guests, catching up with relatives and chasing after the little ones – and it can be downright chaotic. Planning ahead will reduce your stress and help you execute a flawless and safe holiday party for everyone. Follow these tips to […]