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DTE Energy is working hard to reduce power outages by 30% and to cut outage durations in half by 2029. To do this, we’re committed to building the grid of the future by focusing on transitioning to a smart grid, upgrading existing infrastructure, rebuilding significant portions of the grid and tree trimming.

The focus of recent work at the corner of 11 Mile Road and Alger Street was updating the equipment of recently installed power poles over a five-block area in Madison Heights.  

Our front-line crews have been hard at work over the past few weeks, preparing this area for the updates. They’ve installed 15 brand-new power poles, each placed to optimize coverage and reliability. These new power poles are not just replacements, they are state-of-the-art upgrades. All the new poles are equipped with fiberglass crossarms, polyethylene connectors and new wires. This upgraded equipment is more durable and stronger than the older equipment they are replacing. It can also better withstand extreme weather. 

The benefits extend beyond just hardware updates. With these improvements, customers in the area can anticipate a noticeable enhancement in service reliability. The likelihood of power outages is significantly reduced, translating to fewer disruptions and inconvenience for customers.  

To stay informed about ongoing projects in Madison Heights and across the communities we serve, you can explore DTE Energy’s power improvements mapor visit Empowering Michigan’s reliability improvements webpage.