Utilities, businesses, labor organizations, and more will come together for Infrastructure Week May 9-14 to spread the word about why it’s #TimeToBuild.
At DTE Energy, we know firsthand the importance of strong, safe infrastructure; it is the foundation of our work. That’s why we’ve invested in a multi-year plan to strengthen our electric and gas systems to bring you safer, cleaner, more reliable energy and peace of mind.
This year, DTE gas crews will continue upgrading natural gas infrastructure for customers throughout the state. In 2018, we plan to upgrade 162 miles of main pipeline and 46,000 gas meters.
In addition, nearly 24,000 gas meters will be moved from inside homes and businesses to outside locations. Moving the meters outside allows us faster, easier access for safety inspections, maintenance, repairs and in case of emergency. Work will be done in the communities of Ann Arbor, Detroit, Garden City, Grand Rapids, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Muskegon, Taylor, Wyandotte and Ypsilanti.
On the electric side, DTE will invest $4.2 billion over the next five years in electric infrastructure upgrades to build a stronger, smarter energy grid, ensuring more reliable service in good weather and bad.
These improvements also include the upgrade and expansion of the electrical system to accommodate populations shifts and the changing needs of customers at home and at work.
Some of the electric infrastructure upgrades we’re currently working on include:
- Building new substations and upgrading equipment in many other substations to meet the needs of current and future load growth.
- Upgrading equipment on customer-serving circuits, and replacing utility poles to strengthen reliability. DTE is using new designs and materials that can better stand up to Michigan’s variety of severe weather, ultimately reducing storm damage and power outages.
- Trimming trees. Trees can interfere with power lines and significantly damage equipment; toppled trees and branches are responsible for two-thirds of the time DTE customers spend without power.
- Installing more smart grid sensors and new technologies, which help make the grid smarter and more responsive by monitoring power lines and assessing the health of the system so problems can be corrected before they occur, or be responded to more effectively when they do.