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Spring is finally here, and for many, it’s not just a sign of warmer weather — it’s a symbol of renewal. At DTE Energy, our commitment to renewing, upgrading and improving our services to provide reliable power isn’t just a spring theme, it’s what our team lives by each and every day.

In fall of 2021, we filed a new grid investment plan that will lead to increased reliability for our customers and the communities we serve. Through our capital improvement work, we’re investing more than $1.3 billion annually over the next few years to upgrade DTE’s electric infrastructure and create a more robust power grid for our customers.

“The capital improvement projects are a huge investment in the communities DTE Energy serves,” said Matthew Evon, capital project implementation manager.  “For years, we have worked to improve reliability for customers, and these projects are another step toward building a resilient power grid of the future. DTE also will continue to invest in modernizing the grid to adapt for renewable energies and advance technologies for customers’ move toward cleaner solutions like electric vehicles.”

The energy needs of people and businesses have changed significantly over time. Whether someone is working from home, gaming, streaming TV or giving a presentation at the office, the need for a greater amount of reliable power is at an all-time high. The capital improvement projects will increase grid capacity and reliability, while reducing outage and restoration times for homes and businesses by modernizing and strengthening electrical infrastructure. These enhancements also will make the grid more resilient against severe weather.

The multi-year projects consist of constructing, modernizing and expanding new substations, trimming trees near powerlines, upgrading and replacing electrical equipment and poles, reconfiguring and relocating powerlines, incorporating preventative inspections and maintenance and more in communities across southeast Michigan.

In communities where we’ve completed these enhancements, customers are experiencing about a 50% to 70% improvement in the reliability of their power.

The capital improvement projects, selected based on research-driven data, will span over a few years and will benefit approximately 50 communities with more being added as needed. Some of the communities include:

  1. Almont Township
  2. Ann Arbor
  3. Applegate
  4. Armada
  5. Bad Axe and Vicinity
  6. Birmingham
  7. Carsonville
  8. Carleton
  9. Chesterfield
  10. Clawson
  11. Clinton Township
  12. Columbus Township
  13. Commerce
  14. Crosswell
  15. Dearborn
  16. Detroit
  17. Dexter
  18. Elba
  19. Farmington Hills
  20. Grosse Ille
  21. Harbor Beach
  22. Harrison Township
  23. Highland Park
  24. Lapeer
  25. Macomb Township
  26. Madison Heights
  27. Marysville
  28. Newport
  29. Northville
  30. Novi
  31. Plymouth
  32. Pontiac
  33. Port Hope
  34. Port Huron
  35. Port Sanilac
  36. Richmond
  37. Romulus
  38. Salem Township
  39. Sandusky
  40. Shelby Township
  41. South Rockwood
  42. Sterling Heights
  43. Trenton
  44. Troy
  45. Van Buren Township
  46. Vassar
  47. Warren
  48. Wayne
  49. West Bloomfield
  50. Yale

At DTE, we’re dedicated to doing more to combat the impact of harsh weather and meet the ever-changing electrical needs of our customers. Our team will keep investing in the infrastructure and working to stay ahead of power preferences, so whether it’s for work or pleasure, your power meets your needs.

To learn more about reliability projects happening in your community, visit empoweringmichigan.com/reliability-improvements.