A neighborhood in Howell might have had a half foot of snow on the ground, but DTE crews worked last week to get these customers ready for summer. Our overhead crews installed a new capacitor on a utility pole along Caledonia St. near Northwest Elementary School.  

A capacitor works like a giant battery. They draw a lot of energy, and instead of voltage dropping from circuits, they keep the voltage more consistent which results in more reliable power. When warmer weather comes, homes typically use more electricity. This upgrade will improve the voltage available for nearly two dozen homes near this capacitor when summer finally comes back around. 

You may see more of our crews in the coming months as part of our accelerated electric reliability projects in your area, including more tree trimming and infrastructure updates. All these projects are underway to improve your service and reliability for the short- and long term. 

Make sure to regularly check the Livingston County community page to learn more about what’s going on in your neighborhood. You can also follow DTE on Facebook and Twitter for even more updates and information.