Entries by David Lingholm

Putting Detroit’s neighborhoods on The Map

Driving down Woodward Avenue through downtown Detroit, the signs of major projects, completed or underway, are obvious. Construction of the QLINE is finished, and the streetcars are ferrying visitors and commuters from downtown to New Center. A few cranes are wrapping up work on the outside of the new Little Caesars Arena, while crews work […]

DTE Energy announces plan to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent

Today, DTE Energy announced a broad sustainability initiative that will reduce the company’s carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050. This reduction and 2050 timeframe align with the target scientists broadly have identified as necessary to help address climate change. “Over the past two years we have studied the engineering and economics of […]

Empowering Michigan to drive safely with these tips

The data is in, and the results are not good. For the first time in almost a decade, the National Safety Council estimates that fatalities from motor vehicle crashes exceeded 40,000 people in 2016. That is up 6% from 2015 and 14% from 2014, the highest two-year jump in 53 years. Michigan has the dubious […]

Talking affordable green power on The Guy Gordon Show

10 percent of the electricity generated by DTE Energy comes from renewable sources like solar and wind. While that might seem like enough for some, other customers want to do more to lower their carbon footprint. Enter MIGreenPower. When it launches in April 2017, it will allow people to voluntarily subscribe to purchase more of […]

Questions about radon you’ve never asked but should

Radon is an odorless, tasteless, naturally occurring radioactive gas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States can be attributed to radon gas exposure. In fact, the United States Surgeon General recommends all homes be tested for radon gas. This begs the question, how do […]

Planting roots in STEM education for 7,500 middle school students

It’s no secret that the energy industry in Michigan is growing. Combined with an estimated 50 percent of employees in Michigan’s energy industry being eligible for retirement in the next five years, demand for students educated in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will remain high for many years to come. With that backdrop, the […]

Enrollment window for Grow Detroit’s Young Talent is now open

Much of the talk about Detroit’s transformation is centered on the economic development happening in downtown and Midtown. While programs like Motor City Makeover are working to help entrepreneurs launch their ventures successfully in neighborhoods around the city, some voice concern that not enough is being done to provide opportunities for youth in the city. […]

If you seek a brighter freeway, look about you

If you drive on a freeway at night in metropolitan Detroit these days, you’ve likely noticed more lights on – bright lights – making it easier to drive safely. Today, 90 percent of the lights are working more efficiently than ever said Tony Kratofil, Metro Region engineer for Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) at a […]

Partnership with homeowners helps improve electric reliability

Did you know there are almost five million trees in DTE Energy’s electric service territory that are within 30 feet of an electrical line? In 2016, DTE crews worked with homeowners and municipalities to trim or in some cases remove those trees in a way that preserved the health of the trees while improving reliability. […]