Entries by David Lingholm

Restoring power safely means paying attention to the smallest details

In building a strong safety culture, small details matter. It was the attention to those small safety details that impressed safety inspector Leonard Rondeau. The former lineman turned safety specialist from Salt River Project in Arizona is in Puerto Rico as part of the larger team overseeing the mutual aid power restoration effort. His principal […]

The journey to energize the Paraiso neighborhood of Fajardo

The terrain on the eastern edge of El Yunque National Forest is unique. Heavy, red clay lies on top of the bedrock of the mountains. Roads barely wide enough for a bucket truck wind their way between small towns tucked into the valleys surrounding the rainforest. Putting a bucket in the air to work on […]

What role can mentors play in shaping career choices?

With the backing of General Motors, Black Girls CODE recently launched a Detroit chapter with a series of activities at the Detroit International Academy for Women. Kayla Shelton, a construction supervisor for DTE Gas, spoke on a panel during the inaugural activities aimed at encouraging more young women of color to explore STEM education. What […]

What does it take to be named among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens?

DTE Energy has been stepping up and working hard to do our part to be a leading corporate citizen in Michigan and beyond. In fact, for the first time this year, DTE Energy made “Corporate Responsibility” magazine’s list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens. The company recently released their 2016‑2017 Corporate Citizenship Report, which can be […]

This project gave Lapeer bragging rights

For Lapeer Mayor William Sprague, deciding to partner with DTE Energy to build the largest solar array in Michigan within the city limits was a straight-forward decision to make. “My belief is that we’re put on earth to do something and that’s to leave it better than we found it,” he said during a recent […]

“Linework is linework. It’s what we do.”

Editor’s Note: David Lingholm, social media specialist for DTE Energy, and Doug Sigler, senior technical engineer in DTE’s information technology department, spent four days embedded with DTE’s linemen and contractors in Florida to capture the stories of how DTE helped with recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma. They’re home. After spending a few weeks in Florida […]

#AfterIrma: Reflections from the front lines in Florida

Staging crews for a power recovery event like Hurricane Irma is a massive undertaking. Diesel fuel is brought in by large tankers so the linemen and tree trimming crews have fuel when they need it. All the equipment crews need to do their work, including new poles, are on site so they can be loaded […]