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We understand that our customers and members of the communities we serve are concerned about receiving reliable and safe energy. This summer we’ve been hit with a series of severe storms that have resulted in power outages, frustration, and unacceptable hardships for our customers. We are committed to improving our electric reliability and to do so, we have started to accelerate infrastructure work across Southeast Michigan including in Wayne.

After a recent review of reliability in Wayne, the community experienced outages due to trees interfering with power lines and other electrical equipment. These tree-related outages were heightened by the constant severe weather that has impacted the Wayne area this summer. In addition, one circuit in Wayne experienced outages due to failed equipment caused by a change in customer energy demand. The equipment was replaced and there is a plan set to mitigate these types of outages in the future.

 

Actions we’re taking to improve reliability

 Accelerating tree trim efforts in the area

  Completing further analysis

 Updating and replacing poles, cross arms, and other equipment as needed

 
Project timeline

Work has already begun on several Wayne circuits and the majority of work is expected to be completed by November 1, 2021. Additional tree trimming will begin on December 1 and is expected to be finished by March 31, 2022.

 

Benefits to community

Improve reliability for about 9,200 customers in Wayne

              Fewer outages

            Shorter restoration time

Improved resiliency of the electric system during severe weather conditions

Support future growth in the area

 

Wayne reliability improvement updates and other useful information