DTE Energy is dedicated to constructing a smarter, stronger and more resilient grid to enhance reliability. Our commitment to our customers is to reduce power outages by 30% and to cut outage durations in half by 2029.  

As part of this commitment, we are working to make sure our customers in Westland experience fewer and shorter power outages. 

One of the strategies we use to do this involves upgrading our current infrastructure. Our crews recently identified equipment at the intersection of Standish Street and Gilman Avenue that needed to be replaced. Crews have recently installed a new pole along with accompanying pole top equipment, such as newer, more durable cross-arms and stronger connectors. These upgrades will ensure better performance, especially during extreme weather events. 

In this residential area in Westland, 20 other locations have also been identified to receive upgraded power poles. Along with new poles going in, all new wire will be installed on top and between these poles. The goal is to reduce both the number and duration of outages for our customers in this neighborhood.

These new power poles are an essential piece to ensure that the power stays on.  The equipment here is a great example of the infrastructure upgrades we are doing across the many communities we serve.  

Upgrading work is part of DTE’s plan to build the grid of the future. That plan, now well underway, also includes transitioning to a smart grid, rebuilding significant portions of the grid and trimming trees.   

To stay informed about ongoing projects in Westland and elsewhere, you can explore DTE Energy’s Power Improvements Map or visit empoweringmichigan.com