As a part of our four-point investment plan to build a stronger grid, we are rebuilding some of the oldest portions of our grid. Capacitors store and release electrical energy in a circuit when a high voltage is applied. These pieces of equipment are key to increasing future reliability and safety for residents in our service area.  

Our crews in Redford removed an aged capacitor that needed repairs. A new capacitor was installed several poles away and will help keep the power for the customers in the Redford are as temperatures increase and more customers use power in the Summer.  

In a circuit, a capacitor can perform several functions: 

  1. Energy storage: Capacitors store electrical energy and can release it quickly when needed. They act as temporary power sources, providing a surge of energy to meet high-demand requirements. 
  2. Smoothing and filtering: Capacitors can smooth out variations in voltage or current by absorbing and releasing energy. They reduce fluctuations and ripple in power supplies, making the output more stable. 
  3. Timing and signal processing: Capacitors influence the timing of electrical signals by controlling the rate at which they charge and discharge. 

Redford has some of the oldest electrical infrastructure in Michigan and is undergoing some of the most frequent reliability and equipment upgrades.  

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 Wayne 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.