Electricity is at the center of almost everything we do. From steaming our favorite shows to cooking dinner for our loved ones to lighting the businesses that serve as the backbone of our communities, electricity powers our lives. DTE Energy is working to ensure customers in northern Macomb and southern St. Clair Counties have the reliable power they need by making vital upgrades to the electric grid in that area.  

Over the next few years, we are investing more than $95 million to upgrade the infrastructure that delivers power to homes and businesses. The work, which recently began, includes: 

  • Constructing a new electrical station, which will help ensure reliable power travels all the way from our generation plants to Macomb and St. Clair Counties.  
  • Repairing and upgrading 27 miles of overhead infrastructure, including utility poles, crossarms, transformers and other electrical equipment. 
  • Trimming or removing trees growing close to power lines. Trimming trees is necessary to clear the way for these vital upgrades. Trimming also will improve electric reliability for customers right away, especially during extreme weather. 

“At DTE, we’re dedicated to ensuring our customers have the power they need and the reliability they deserve,” Robert Provalenko, senior capital project manager, Majors Enterprise Projects, said. “This project will help us deliver safe, reliable power to our customers in Richmond, Armada and Marysville now and far in the future.” 

The project is expected to be completed by December 2026.  

Short power outages and partial road closures will be necessary to complete the work. We will continue to notify customers in the area if work affects them. 

This project is part of DTE’s larger plan to improve electric reliability across our service territory. Over the next few years, we will be investing around $1.3 billion annually to upgrade DTE’s electric infrastructure and create a more robust power grid for our customers. To learn more about reliability projects happening in your community, visit empoweringmichigan.com/reliability-improvements.