To support our four-point plan we are taking steps to implement smart grid technology throughout our service territory to improve reliability for our customers. In short, transitioning to a ‘smart grid’ means focusing on automation to isolate outages and providing our field crews with specific damage locations to make faster repairs. Ann Arbor has been a key area to implement such technology as new poles are being installed with transformers and other equipment that provide this vital information to our crews. Crews were recently in Ann Arbor installing one such pole that will support a new construction site. Ann Arbor’s substation has been faithfully serving its community for many years and the new infrastructure upgrades will reduce outages and harden our grid for years to come.  

This is just one aspect of our four-point plan to improve reliability for customers. The other steps we are taking include tree trimming, updating existing infrastructure, and rebuilding significant portions of the grid. You can read more about what each of these steps include, here. 

Make sure to regularly check out the Ann Arbor 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.