At DTE, we are committed to improving reliability for our customers. That is why we are investing more than $260 million to upgrade and modernize the electric grid in the Airport Sub, Buffalo-Charles, Gratiot Town/Kettering, Gratiot Woods, a portion of Hamtramck, Pingree Park and West End neighborhoods of Detroit.  

When the work is complete, DTE customers will see improved reliability, safety and restoration times; a reduced number of power outages; and increased grid capacity. The added capacity will support new developments, as well as customers’ move to cleaner energy solutions like electric vehicles. 

As part of this modernization program, our crews have been working to build a new, state-of-the-art substation. This substation will have a greater capacity to support additional residents and businesses moving to the area. Over the past nine months, crews have accomplished the following:  

  • Cleared the land where the substation is being built. 
  • Excavated and laid out the foundation for the new substation. 
  • Began underground construction. This includes installing conduit (tubes that protect electric wires), foundations, manholes and more. Below ground construction is nearly complete.  
  • Began building substation roads, installing stones in the transformer pit and laying yard stones.  

The substation is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. 

In the coming years, we also will rebuild the overhead and underground electrical distribution systems in the area. This includes removing and replacing the utility poles, wires, transformers and more that help deliver power to homes and businesses. This project is an expansive project and is expected to be completed by 2031.  

To learn more about this project and the work we have been doing, visit the following links: 

Read about more work happening in your neighborhood at empoweringmichigan.com/reliability-improvements.