Empowering Michigan https://empoweringmichigan.com Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:41:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 DTE Energy preps Detroit site for new international bridge https://empoweringmichigan.com/dte-energy-preps-detroit-site-for-new-international-bridge/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:41:57 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7939 The Gordie Howe International Bridge (GHIB) to connect Detroit and Windsor is among the region’s largest public construction projects, promising steadily increasing construction jobs, economic growth and quality of life improvements in the Michigan and Ontario communities where bridge traffic will flow. While GHIB construction began grabbing headlines this summer, DTE has been working for […]

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The Gordie Howe International Bridge (GHIB) to connect Detroit and Windsor is among the region’s largest public construction projects, promising steadily increasing construction jobs, economic growth and quality of life improvements in the Michigan and Ontario communities where bridge traffic will flow.

While GHIB construction began grabbing headlines this summer, DTE has been working for three years to meet requirements specified by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, mostly to move its utility infrastructure from the Port of Entry site, in Detroit’s Delray neighborhood.

“This project is very complex and requires specific sequencing,” said Karen Whitman, director of Distribution Technology & Renewables at DTE. “We finished most of our planning a year ago, and just about everything we’re doing right now involves removing and relocating the electric and gas infrastructure that served Delray and other parts of Detroit for more than a century. Removing the electric infrastructure is just part of the job – it’s also ensuring no outages occur in neighboring areas while work on the Port of Entry site progresses. More than 25 electric lines cross the site and we’re rerouting them all outside the Port of Entry property.” 

Check out this animated video of the site by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.

The scope of DTE electric work is huge. The work entails removing 70,000 feet of old cable and installing more than 26 miles of new cable – enough to stretch between Detroit and Pontiac.

DTE’s natural gas work on the Port of Entry site includes removing about nine miles of old gas pipelines, installing nearly five miles of new gas mains and replacing gas line overpasses on I-75 with underground crossings.  

Slated to open in 2022, the GHIB will exponentially increase crossing capacity between Detroit and Windsor and is intended to accommodate international commerce flowing between Michigan, Ontario and the world.

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Keeping summer fun going into fall https://empoweringmichigan.com/keeping-summer-fun-going-into-fall/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:06:23 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7921 We may be approaching the end of summer, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to stop enjoying days and nights outside in the pool or on the deck or patio. Fortunately, natural gas from DTE Energy can help keep your outdoor living space comfortable and enjoyable even after the season turns to fall. A natural […]

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We may be approaching the end of summer, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to stop enjoying days and nights outside in the pool or on the deck or patio. Fortunately, natural gas from DTE Energy can help keep your outdoor living space comfortable and enjoyable even after the season turns to fall.

A natural gas pool heater will allow you to keep your pool open longer by maintaining the water at a comfortable temperature without breaking the bank, especially if you install a modern high-efficiency gas heater. Natural gas heaters are twice as fast as electric models, and can maintain temperature in a wide variety of weather conditions, perfect for Michigan’s sometimes variable weather.

When your family or friends get hungry, a natural gas grill can feed a crowd in a hurry, leaving you with more time to relax. Natural gas grills heat faster than charcoal and eliminate fear of running out of propane, provide precise heat control and are more cost-effective than any other fuel sources for grilling. That convenience means you can make hamburgers for the kids, steak for the adults and even grill vegetables for the vegetarians in your life.

As night falls and cooler temperatures set in, installing a natural gas fire pit or patio heater is a great way to ensure that you can spend evenings outside comfortably. Natural gas fire pits are fast-lighting, have no cinders or ash to deal with, are environmentally friendly and are available in a number of stylish designs to match any outdoor space. Patio heaters are available in both fixed-location and portable models, giving you the flexibility to put heat sources where they’re needed to keep both you and your family, friends or guests comfortable.

Fall may be around the corner, but with natural gas, you can keep the fun of summer going for weeks.

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Free Autumn Fun with DTE Energy https://empoweringmichigan.com/free-autumn-fun-with-dte-energy/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:55:52 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7910 School is back, football has returned and pretty soon, trees throughout Michigan will explode in a chorus of fall colors. Autumn is here and so are exciting free events at Beacon Park in downtown Detroit and dozens of communities statewide. Tailgate parties and football games on the big screen highlight the fall lineup at Beacon […]

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School is back, football has returned and pretty soon, trees throughout Michigan will explode in a chorus of fall colors. Autumn is here and so are exciting free events at Beacon Park in downtown Detroit and dozens of communities statewide.

Tailgate parties and football games on the big screen highlight the fall lineup at Beacon Park, along with a three-day Oktoberfest bash and a Halloween party.

Parktoberfest returns to downtown Detroit Sept. 21– 23 with free activities and entertainment at Beacon Park including a Biergarten tent, traditional German and other fall-inspired food along with live music, activities for the kids, traditional dancing demos, and stein-hoisting and keg lifting competitions.

Detroit Lions Tailgate Parties also return to Beacon Park featuring ticket giveaways, lawn games, signature drinks from Lumen, tailgate fare for purchase and games live-streamed on the big screen in tented comfort. Tap into the energy of downtown Detroit two hours before kickoff for these Lions home games:

  • Sunday, Sept. 23 vs. New England Patriots, 6 p.m. to midnight  
  • Sunday, Oct. 28 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Nov. 18 vs. Carolina Panthers, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Dec. 2 vs. LA Rams, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Gear up and watch the annual Michigan-Michigan State game on the big screen live from East Lansing as part of the Big Game Detroit Rally and Tailgate on Saturday, Oct. 20 (time to be announced). Take in the Spartan vs. Wolverine corn hole tournament, music, games and ticket giveaways with food and drinks for purchase.  

Bring the little ones in costume to Beacon Park’s free Halloween Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a howling good time complete with trick and treating, face painting, inflatables, make and take activities, cider and donuts, music and more. 

Visit DTEBeaconPark.com for a full list of fall events.

Scarecrows and apples; books and Christmas trees – celebrate it all this fall!

The DTE Energy Foundation is supporting a seasonal slate of community events through November across the Great Lakes State. Hit the road for a color tour and enjoy the best of Michigan’s people, food, music and fun!

 

ArtPrize – Grand Rapids

September 19 – October 7

The Brooksie Way – Oakland University

September 23

Festival of the Book – Harbor Springs

September 28-31

Fall Harvest Festival and Scarecrow Extravaganza – Bellaire

September 29

Scarecrow Saturday – Fort Gratiot

September 29

Benzie County Fall Festival – Beulah

October 6

Cheboygan FallFest

October 6-8

Charlevoix Apple Fest

October 12-14

Race and Remember Hospice of Michigan Glow Run – Elk Rapids

October 13

Monroe County Community College Meyer Theater Season

Starts October 13

Frankfort Fall Fest

October 14

Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat – Kentwood

October 20

Fall Family Festival and Harvest Moon Run – Escanaba

October 26

Festival of Trees – Kalkaska

November 10-18

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

November 23

Howell Fantasy of Lights Parade and Fantasy 5K Run

November 23

Garden City Santaland Parade

November 24

Christmas in Ida Festival and Parade of Lights

November 30 – December 1

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Video Highlights: Top 25 Jobs in Michigan https://empoweringmichigan.com/video-highlights-top-25-jobs-in-michigan/ Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:19:04 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7794 Today, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced the launch of a new website Going-pro.com. The site will include a great video on skill trades careers that features two DTE Electric employees – lineman apprentice Dale Nicholson and cable splicer specialist leader Brandon Ford. Each video on the website highlights one of the “Hot 25” professional […]

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Today, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced the launch of a new website Going-pro.com. The site will include a great video on skill trades careers that features two DTE Electric employees – lineman apprentice Dale Nicholson and cable splicer specialist leader Brandon Ford. Each video on the website highlights one of the “Hot 25” professional trades jobs in Michigan and features an employee with that job title at a Michigan company.

Check out the video to learn more.

 

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National Preparedness Month: Preparing for the unexpected https://empoweringmichigan.com/national-preparedness-month-preparing-for-the-unexpected/ Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:10:38 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7791 Disasters happen. The wildfires and hurricanes taking place across the country have been devastating. In the Midwest, Wisconsin recorded 17 tornados and flooding from just one storm system on August 8, 2018. In 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported that 80 percent of Americans live in counties that have been hit by a […]

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Disasters happen. The wildfires and hurricanes taking place across the country have been devastating. In the Midwest, Wisconsin recorded 17 tornados and flooding from just one storm system on August 8, 2018. In 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported that 80 percent of Americans live in counties that have been hit by a weather-related disaster. Yet, only 39 percent of Americans surveyed stated that they had developed an emergency plan beforehand.

Preparing for any potential risk can mean all the difference in the event of a crisis. That’s why, in honor of National Preparedness Month, we have put together a few tips on how to equip yourself for the worst so that you and your family can stay safe during a natural disaster.

Prepare an emergency outage kit

Stock an emergency kit and store it in a known, safe location. An easily-accessible spot in the basement or an interior room is ideal. Think about where your family would go if there was a tornado in your area.  Recommended items stored in an emergency kit are:

  • Flashlight
  • Important documents
  • Portable chargers
  • Medication
  • Cash
  • First aid kit
  • Radio
  • Non-perishable food (peanut butter, canned tuna, crackers, granola bars)
  • Utensils to prepare meals (can opener, knives, napkins, etc.)
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries for your flashlights and radios
  • Pet food
  • Leashes, collars or travel cases for family pets

Make a family plan

Having a plan of action is the only way to prepare for the unexpected. Communicating with your family about how to receive emergency alerts, where to seek shelter, as well as how to evacuate home, school and work can help your family act quickly and effectively.

You and your loved ones may not be together when a disaster occurs. Knowing how to contact each other and establishing a physical place to meet can help you all regroup efficiently. Don’t assume that you can make phone calls during an emergency. Phone lines and mobile networks may become overwhelmed. Using text messaging, social media and/or email may be the best way for you to get in contact – but even those networks become unreliable after major disasters.

Stay up to date

A simple yet effective way to prepare for a disaster is to update your phone number and email address with your electric company. During a storm, power outages are likely. By updating your information, the electric company can serve you faster and more efficiently.

While no one wishes to experience a natural disaster, being proactive can help you and your loved ones stay as safe as possible during such an event. Follow these tips and research more ways to prepare this National Preparedness Month!

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day in Michigan https://empoweringmichigan.com/national-public-lands-day-michigan/ Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:05:25 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7788 Did you know the Michigan Department of Natural Resources manages 4.6 million acres of public land? That includes state forests, parks, and game areas – possibly some of your most cherished locations in Michigan. With so much land to manage, it’s important the community does all it can to help keep our environment pollutant-free and […]

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Did you know the Michigan Department of Natural Resources manages 4.6 million acres of public land? That includes state forests, parks, and game areas – possibly some of your most cherished locations in Michigan. With so much land to manage, it’s important the community does all it can to help keep our environment pollutant-free and thriving. To do so, you can take part in National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Created by the National Environmental Education Foundation, National Public Lands Day is a day dedicated to the resilience and restoration of our public lands. This year marks the 25th annual celebration and without the help of public land managers, volunteers, and other stewards our public lands would not exist the way they do today. Take this opportunity to explore your community’s public spaces and help make our public lands thrive by enjoying all that nature offers.

Looking for ways to celebrate or volunteer? In Michigan, there is a designated event in Empire at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where volunteers will have a chance to build a new National Park Service trail on Saturday, Sept. 29. All ages are welcome to attend this volunteer effort!

Whether you plan to clean up a park, hike a trail, or create your own event, engaging with the outdoors on National Public Lands Day is the perfect way to celebrate our public lands in Michigan and across the country.

Not sure where to go? There are amazing destinations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to explore. Or, if you’re looking for the perfect fishing spot, look no further than a few of these state fisheries. You can also check out one of these new Michigan hotspots that just popped on the radar. Wherever you go and whatever you do, enjoy the great outdoors!

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Storing up savings for natural gas customers https://empoweringmichigan.com/storing-up-savings-for-natural-gas-customers/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 18:00:20 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7564 When you step into a hot shower, light a burner to cook dinner or turn on the furnace in cold weather, you probably don’t think about where the natural gas that helps to make your life more comfortable comes from, especially during warm summer weather. For the employees of DTE Energy, though, thinking about supplying […]

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When you step into a hot shower, light a burner to cook dinner or turn on the furnace in cold weather, you probably don’t think about where the natural gas that helps to make your life more comfortable comes from, especially during warm summer weather. For the employees of DTE Energy, though, thinking about supplying affordable, reliable natural gas to customers is a year-round job.

DTE’s gas supply purchasing and planning department is maintaining a steady supply of natural gas for customers by buying from sources across America. About two-thirds of the natural gas DTE customers use throughout the year is purchased during the summer, when demand and prices are lower, and then stored underground in naturally occurring rock formations.

It starts by market forecasters examining the current market for natural gas to determine where prices may be headed. DTE also uses past usage patterns, long-range weather forecasts and other data to determine how much gas is needed for homes and businesses throughout the year.

Once the forecasting is done, it falls to gas buyers like Mike Wiegand to find the right suppliers to provide the gas.

“We have about 40 suppliers we draw from,” Wiegand said. “We buy gas that comes out of Canada and from the Texas Panhandle and the Gulf of Mexico.” DTE also draws gas from new supplies in the Appalachian Mountains, and will begin receiving gas through the NEXUS pipeline once it goes into service later this year.

Once gas is purchased, it flows into DTE’s gas storage facilities. These depleted reservoirs, located deep underground, hold the gas until demand increases. Michigan’s geology makes it ideal for storing gas thanks to rock formations that previously held oil and gas which has been extracted.

Buying when demand is lower keeps the cost of natural gas, which is passed onto customers at no markup, from increasing unexpectedly. That means that the money the company saves when buying gas is money that stays in customers’ pockets.

Thanks to this storage, increased supplies of natural gas and employees like Wiegand, DTE customers have seen their cost for natural gas shrink by 30 percent over the last decade, and the addition of gas from the NEXUS pipeline should help that trend continue.

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Infrastructure upgrades continue in Ann Arbor https://empoweringmichigan.com/infrastructure-upgrades-continue-in-ann-arbor/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 19:42:13 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7704 This year, DTE Energy released its five-year electric infrastructure action plan, which includes upgrading thousands of miles of power lines, hundreds of circuits, dozens of substations and more across southeast Michigan.  These efforts will help to create a stronger, smarter energy grid with best-in-class design and technology standards that will power the region’s homes and […]

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This year, DTE Energy released its five-year electric infrastructure action plan, which includes upgrading thousands of miles of power lines, hundreds of circuits, dozens of substations and more across southeast Michigan.  These efforts will help to create a stronger, smarter energy grid with best-in-class design and technology standards that will power the region’s homes and businesses.

We’ve already started this work, with projects underway in Detroit, Ferndale, Macomb, Pontiac and Ann Arbor, where new substations and other upgrades will help improve reliability for customers.

The work at a glance

The electric system serving Ann Arbor was built over a span of nearly 100 years, adding substations and circuits as the city – and university – grew.  Today’s Ann Arbor – with modern homes, high-tech businesses and growing population, requires additional upgrades to continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to its residents. The current energy grid must be updated in order to continue to meet the growing needs of the area.  Along with extensive tree-trimming across the Ann Arbor area, two key infrastructure upgrades will take place, requiring tens of thousands of hours of work to complete.

Substation Project at Argo/Buckler

By the end of 2018, DTE Energy will transfer three entire circuits and a portion of two circuits from its Argo substation to Buckler substation, updating the design and technology. Circuit improvement programs like this one are designed to improve resilience and harden the electric system. That means we’re able to reduce the number of outage events and limit the number of customers impacted when an outage does occur. These types of upgrades, along with tree trimming, provide the most significant increase in reliability for customers.

Ann Arbor/University of Michigan System Strengthening

DTE is also constructing two new substations, located at the corner of Hubbard and Huron Parkway and on State Street north of Eisenhower Parkway. This work will address the current infrastructure’s woes of an interconnected system that ties one substation to another, causing disruption in power to customers miles away from where the outage event occurred. This will also accommodate the population shift that the area has seen over the years and help adapt to the changing needs of customers at home and at work into the future.

Overall, this work will do more than increase the reliability of Ann Arbor’s power. It will:

  • Strengthen the economy of SE Michigan: Improvements to electric infrastructure will bring jobs through both DTE hires and partnerships with local contractors and businesses.

Create efficiencies for customers: New, smart technologies on DTE’s energy grid reduce operating expenditures and provide ways for customers to better manage their own usage. This means savings for our residential and business customers.

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: DTE Energy Foundation creates impact https://empoweringmichigan.com/video-highlight-dte-energy-foundation-creates-impact/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:30:17 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7697 The post VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: DTE Energy Foundation creates impact appeared first on Empowering Michigan.

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The DTE Energy Foundation’s efforts are concentrated on arts and culture, community transformation, economic progress, education and employment, environment and human needs. Not only do we want to support economic development across the state, but we want to provide hope and inspiration to communities making a difference.

See how we’re making an impact across Michigan:

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: Creating impact in Caniff https://empoweringmichigan.com/video-highlight-creating-impact-in-caniff/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:26:28 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7693 DTE Energy has recently partnered with the Caniff neighborhood in Detroit to support their residents and business community. From improving safety and mobility, to enhancing education and employment opportunities, the company committed to the community surrounding the DTE Energy Caniff Service Center and excited about the impact it can make. Get a behind the scenes […]

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DTE Energy has recently partnered with the Caniff neighborhood in Detroit to support their residents and business community. From improving safety and mobility, to enhancing education and employment opportunities, the company committed to the community surrounding the DTE Energy Caniff Service Center and excited about the impact it can make.

Get a behind the scenes look at the Caniff neighborhood in the video below:

 

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