The safety of our customers is our highest priority, and we are making significant investments in our grid to make our grid as safe and reliable as possible. As we approach seasons of extreme weather, we are making sure our equipment will be able to withstand the elements. Our crews were in Ann Arbor recently, replacing components on DTE electrical poles.
- Wooden cross arms were exchanged for more reliable metal cross arms.
- New switches were installed to more efficiently redirect power flows in the event of surges.
- Upgraded insulators were added to prevent the flow of electrical current to reduce the possibility of short circuits.
These equipment upgrades are being made with both our overhead and underground crews. Throughout Ann Arbor, our crews assist by performing URD (Underground Residential Distribution) jobs that minimize the visual impact of power distribution infrastructure and enhance the reliability of the electricity supply. In a URD system, power is distributed from a transformer located near the area being served, and underground cables are used to carry the electrical energy to individual homes or buildings.
You may see more of our crews in the coming months as part of our accelerated electric reliability projects in your area, including more tree trimming, maintenance, and infrastructure updates. All these projects are underway to improve your service and reliability in the short and long term.
Make sure to regularly check the Washtenaw County community page to learn more about what is going on in your neighborhood. You can also follow DTE on Facebook and Twitter for even more updates and information.