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 halfby 2029.  

Recently, front-line crews were in Romulus, inspecting a set of power poles and lines where I-275 and I-94 meet, along nearby Huron River Drive.

The team determined that a guy wire needed to be replaced to improve pole stability.

What is a guy wire? Well, it doesn’t carry any electricity itself. But it does make electric distribution possible.

Guy wires are tensioned cables designed to add stability to a freestanding structure. In this case, that’s a DTE power pole. The new guy wire seen being installed here will help the pole counter any lateral forces such as wind and allows it to remain stable and upright.

And that helps keep the power on.

DTE is building the grid of the future. That plan includes transitioning to a smart grid, upgrading existing infrastructure, rebuilding significant portions of the grid and trimming trees. These are at the core of our plan as we work to increase reliability for our Romulus customers and across the many communities we serve.  

To stay informed about ongoing projects you can explore DTE Energy’s electric reliability improvements mapor visit Empowering Michigan’s reliability improvements webpage