Community has meaning to DTE. It’s where we respond to customers’ needs, work with residents to revitalize neighborhoods, and connect people to opportunities that improve their quality of life. From Petoskey to Portage and Detroit to Grand Rapids, communities can count on DTE Energy as they continue to grow and thrive. We want to work alongside our partners across the state to collaborate in making life better for residents through new growth and development.
Summer fun in the Great Lakes State, brought to you by DTE
Blue skies, temps nudging the 80s, the days getting longer – the Michigan summer everyone dreamed of in mid-January is finally here. DTE Energy is helping ensure there’s fun on the agenda every week this summer by supporting free events at Beacon Park in downtown Detroit as well as at dozens of community celebrations statewide.
The wait is over. Lumen Detroit, located on the edge of DTE Energy’s Beacon Park, debuts this week. The restaurant will initially be open for dinner only and is then expected to expand its menu for lunch and brunch later in the year. The restaurant’s name, Lumen (Latin for light), not only connects the restaurant to DTE Energy and Beacon Park, but it also represents Detroit’s comeback and the surge of excitement that continues to build throughout downtown.
When Manny Romero headed back home to Puerto Rico in early November, the site was nothing like he’d remembered as a boy growing up on the island. “It used to be that you’d get there and everything was green,” Romero said, referring to the heavy vegetation on the island. “This time, trees were down all over the place. Power lines were still down. It was sad.” Ana Medina arrived at her alma mater, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez in late November for a meeting and barely recognized the place.
Total devastation. Those are the words Gerard Huvaere, a system strategist in DTE Energy’s Fleet operations department, used to describe the scene in Coral Gables, Fla., after Hurricane Irma ripped through the Sunshine State on Sunday.
DTE Energy’s Crime Deterrence Initiative led to the arrest of at least 22 criminals this year and put a stop to two major auto theft related crime sprees in the city of Detroit this summer. Since DTE began the CDI program in 2013, the company has experienced a 50 percent decrease in crime in the area surrounding its headquarters – improving the safety of its employees, visitors, local residents and other area businesses.
Once synonymous with fueling Detroit’s 20th-century industrial growth, the historic Conners Creek Power Plant property on the city’s east side waterfront is now valued for its redevelopment potential. Owned by DTE Energy and nestled at the mouth of the Detroit River across from Belle Isle, the Conners Creek site is the largest contiguous parcel of land with development potential on the city’s waterfront. While power production ended at Conners Creek in 1988, native wildlife returned to site highlighted by the 2009 discovery of beaver living on the property.
As interactions become increasingly digital, seizing the opportunities to build community become increasingly important. Festivals and fairs have long provided not only entertainment, but also the opportunity for friends and neighbors to gather — which is why the DTE Energy Foundation launched a program this year to support the events that build a community.
It wasn’t long ago that the western edge of downtown Detroit was isolated in a sea of abandoned buildings and parking structures. DTE employees didn’t venture out to walk or ride a bike to lunch, or spend time in the community. In fact, only four years ago this month Detroit – the heart of the automotive industry – became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy.
in neighborhood revitalization sparked by Beacon Park
160 community events
supported by the DTE Energy Foundation statewide
reduction in targeted crime by the DTE Crime Deterrence Initiative
dispatched to help restore power for those affected by hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico