Entries by David Lingholm

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. […]

Venting about the need to clear your meters

  When you buy a house that is almost 90 years old, you expect to have a few issues. One that I did not expect, but am glad was caught, was a blockage in my gas meter vent. During a routine boiler tune-up, the contractor immediately noticed the valve on our gas meter that regulates […]

Reward for information in killing of Sgt. Rose up to $30,000

For many DTE Energy employees, the death of Wayne State University Sgt. Collin Rose was personal. The company’s security team works closely with the WSU Police Department on a number of initiatives, including supplying bait cars to help reduce auto thefts in Detroit. “As a public servant dedicated to the safety of the public, Sgt. […]

Slideshow: Detroit’s Christmas tree lighting celebration

Everyone marks the beginning of the holiday season in their own way. Some start playing Christmas music as soon as the trick-or-treaters go home. Others start feeling the holiday spirit as soon as the Thanksgiving Day football games go off the air. For thousands of Detroiters, the holidays started last Friday night with the lighting […]

The twelve days of energy savings

This is the time of year for holiday songs, specifically the catchy ones that get stuck in your head. If you are anything like me, you can only remember the first few bars of a song and the chorus. The only way I have found to get a song out of my head is to […]