Under streets and sidewalks in Michigan, a complex infrastructure of natural gas pipes quietly delivers safe, clean, affordable energy to homes and businesses 24/7. In 2011, DTE Energy kicked off an ambitious program to upgrade these pipes. The company is replacing half-century old cast iron/bare steel pipes and steel/copper service lines, with new and more durable plastic pipes across the state.
The 18-year effort, called the Gas Renewal Program (GRP), is a $3.5 billion investment in natural gas infrastructure to enable safe, reliable delivery of natural gas service to DTE gas customers now and for future generations.
In 2019, DTE will replace more than 178 miles of pipes in southeast Michigan and west Michigan. The installation of the new pipes allows for an increase in gas pressure to meet growing demand for clean, safe, energy sources.
In addition to ensuring safe and reliable delivery, DTE’s gas upgrade is having a positive impact on Michigan’s economy. The program has helped boost employment in Michigan, hiring nearly 90 skilled trades employees in 2018-2019, bringing the total number of people employed in the gas renewal program to approximately 250 DTE employees with additional support from Michigan-based contractors.
For more information visit dteenergy.com/gasimprovements.