Providing safe, reliable power to our customers is a top priority for DTE Energy. We’re rebuilding the infrastructure that powers Port Huron to ensure customers have the power they need and the reliability they deserve. This work is part of DTE’s four-point plan to increase reliability for customers and includes:  

  • Replacing more than 20 miles of overhead and underground electrical equipment, including cables, conduit, transformers and more. 
  • Installing new, stronger utility poles that can better withstand the elements.  
  • Trimming or removing trees growing close to power lines so they don’t cause outages during extreme weather events. 
  • Installing smart grid technology that allows us to reroute power to many customers during an outage. This helps to keep the lights on for many customers while we make repairs. 

“This new electrical equipment is stronger and can better withstand extreme weather, which means less outages and shorter outage durations,” Michael Stiel, overhead project manager, Distribution Operations, said. “In addition to more reliable power, the new infrastructure will also increase safety and the grid’s capacity.” 

“The added capacity will allow us to support new residents and businesses, as well as clean energy solutions like electric vehicles and more electric appliances,” Stiel said. 

Crews began replacing the overhead poles and wires, as well as underground conduit and cables, this summer. This work will continue through 2026. This work will require some partial road closures and short outages — we will continue to notify customers if work affects them. 

Learn more about what to expect when DTE is rebuilding your neighborhood’s electrical system. To read about additional reliability improvement work happening in your neighborhood, visit empoweringmichigan.com/reliability-improvements.