DTE has activated its four-point plan to drive reliability and system improvements for our customers in Ann Arbor. We are doing this by trimming trees, updating our existing infrastructure, rebuilding significant portions of the grid and accelerating our transition to a smart grid.
As a part of our efforts to rebuild significant portions of our grid, we are installing new poles, reconfiguring more than 45,000 feet of overhead conductors and installing new underground conduit and cables. Crews recently performed a job like this on Vesper Road and Minglewood Way. Two new poles were set in place so new wires and pole top equipment could be installed. The substation for this project was built in 2013. Customers are being served by the ARGO substation which is nearly 100 years old and will eventually be switched over to the Buckler substation.
This work is a part of DTE’s $20 million investment to modernize the grid in Ann Arbor that will increase safety, reliability and the grid’s capacity to support the area’s evolving energy needs. The added capacity also will support cleaner energy solutions like electric vehicles, as well as a more electrified future.