Things are looking brighter across Detroit, as hundreds of public buildings are in the midst of being connected to DTE Energy’s power grid. About five years ago, the Detroit Public Lighting Department (PLD) customers became DTE customers, and DTE began transitioning them to its grid.

The move came after the City of Detroit made the decision get out of the electric distribution business. During this period the Public Lighting Department’s system was experiencing frequent power outages to business customers, including Wayne State University and Detroit Public Schools Community District.

According to the Detroit Public Schools Community District, brown outs were a regular occurrence in some schools, causing lights to flicker and dim and disrupt classes.

Since the conversion began, DTE has moved more than 130 Detroit private and public school sites to its energy grid. The company worked with the school district to prioritize schools with the worst power quality and has just three more schools left to convert. Those will be completed by 2020. The schools who have moved to DTE’s grid have experienced significant reliability improvement.

In addition, 17 Wayne State University sites have been converted to DTE’s grid. More than a dozen more will be converted in the next two years.

DTE will continue transitioning former public lighting customers to its energy grid until all customers are connected to the DTE distribution system. The project team plans to transition more than 600 metered sites when completed.

Next up, DTE plans to convert the Wayne County Community College Administration Building, TCF Center (formerly known as Cobo Center), more than 50 sites on Belle Isle and the Detroit Cultural Center Buildings.

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