Thursday, April 18, 2013
More than 70,000 metro Detroiters are without power following Thursday's thunderstorms.
More than 50 Dearborn residents have been left without power Thursday afternoon, in the wake of a severe spring storm. According to the DTE Energy outage map, 46 customers in the 48126 zip code near Ford Road are without power. Roughly three customers were also reporting outages in the 48124 and 48128 zip codes. You can report your power outage and get an estimate of when it will be returned by checking online or by calling 800-477-4747. More than 70,000 DTE customers, mostly in Oakland and Washtenaw counties, were without power Thursday afternoon. View DTE's outage map at dteenergy.com.
Friday, March 1, 2013
DTE Energy offers customers an opportunity to decline the new wireless meters, but plans to charge one-time and monthly fees.
A Michigan lawmaker has introduced legislation to stop a proposed DTE Energy plan to charge customers who don't want new wireless "smart meters." The Oakland Press reported Thursday that state Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills) has introduced legislation that would allow DTE customers to opt out of the new meters without paying a proposed $87 one-time fee and $15 monthly fee. “I have spoken with residents of our communities who say they have had serious health issues caused by smart meters, and I believe these apprehensions are legitimate," McMillin told the newspaper, adding he believes the meters also raise "privacy concerns." DTE is installing 825,000 smart meters, also known as AMI meters, in southeast Michigan as part of an $83.8 …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Ask for ID, double check and, when in doubt, call the police.
A Dearborn resident came home on Feb. 2 to find three people in his yard, claiming to be DTE workers. When he said he didn't believe them and was calling the police, they ran off. Similarly, last October, several elderly residents were robbed by men claiming to be from the water department. Do you know how to be sure that you're not being scammed by a fake utility worker? Patch checked in with DTE Energy to get some helpful tips to avoid dangerous situations with scam artists impersonating utility workers—a felony crime. Protect yourself and your family from becoming victims by following these tips:
Friday, February 1, 2013
The free event will be held Feb. 6 at the Dearborn Historical Museum.
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Friday, February 1
The public is invited to a free home energy audit seminar at 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the historic McFadden Ross House, 915 Brady. The energy-conservation event is being hosted by the City of Dearborn and Ecotelligent Homes. Guests will have the chance to learn what a home energy audit is and handle the equipment professional service technicians use to perform energy audits. They will also be able to speak with DTE Energy representatives about the many rebate programs available to residents who have a home energy audit performed and who implement energy-efficiency improvements. Experts have already conducted an energy audit at the historic McFadden-Ross House to use as an example during the Feb. 5 meeting. Jack Tate, acting museum …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
As part of a $4 million project funded by DTE Energy, Dearborn's streetlights on Schaefer Road will be replaced with more reliable, energy efficient fixtures and bulbs.
DTE Energy is continuing its street light improvement program in Dearborn, the company announced Wednesday. The next phase of work is set to start Feb. 4. The work is part of a $4 million investment to improve street lighting service in various Southeastern Michigan communities. Work began in the summer of 2012 in Dearborn, and will continue through 2013. DTE Energy will upgrade nearly 100 older street lights that are energized by “series circuits.” These streetlights pose problems because when one light goes out, other lights on the circuit can be affected. The upgrades—to high-pressure sodium from mercury vapor—will ensure that when there is a problem with one street light, other lights on the circuit will continue to operate. To …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The project is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
Hundreds of Dearborn streetlights are set to become more energy efficient after Dearborn City Council on Monday approved $158,079.40 in funding for the energy efficiency project. The project is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, and joins a previous city appropration for $242,223.78 to be used to replace 318 streetlights. Since the approval of the original project with DTE Energy in April, the pricing per light fixture was reduced from $761 to $529.31. Therefore, the entire order–which will replace 778 fixtures total–will cost a total of $400,303.18. The new additions to the project will include the replacement of lights in the following areas: "This is funded through the U.S. …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
As part of a $4 million project funded by DTE Energy, Dearborn's streetlights on Oakman Boulevard will be replaced with more reliable, energy efficient fixtures and bulbs.
It’s lights out in Dearborn starting next week, but with the ultimate goal of upgrading the city’s street lighting to make it energy efficient, and more reliable. Construction begins Monday, June 11, on Oakman Boulevard between Warren and Ford roads, according to DTE Energy, which is responsible for the work. That phase will take two months to complete, and is part of a $4 million effort by DTE to improve street lighting service in a number of communities in Wayne County this year. DTE Energy will upgrade older streetlights that are energized by “series circuits,” which pose problems because when one light goes out, other lights on the circuit can be affected. The upgrades to high-pressure sodium lighting will improve overall reliability …
Monday, April 16, 2012
A wind advisory issued this morning will remain in effect through 8 p.m. Monday. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour are likely to affect southeastern Michigan as a cold front moves through the area.
Tree branches snapped and power went in and out at homes all over southeast Michigan Monday as high winds battered the area. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory about 11:45 a.m. Monday warning of 25 to 35 mile-per-hour winds with gusts reaching up to 50 miles per hour. The advisory is in effect unitl 8 p.m. The southwest winds were picking up as a cold front moves through southeastern Michigan. There are 17 counties on the advisory, including Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties. DTE reported about 1,091 people in Dearborn were without power Monday afternoon in the area of Outer Drive and Monroe Street. There are no estimates as to when power will be restored. Some areas near Utica and Ypsilanti are reporting as many as 4,000…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The energy company will develop a program that will let residents opt out of the new meter installation.
In a report filed Friday with the Michigan Public Service Commission, DTE Energy said it would allow an "opt-out" option on the controversial smart meters that are being installed many communities in Michigan. A customer would pay an additional cost for opting out, the report stated. The report was in response to the MPSC's investigation into the meters that DTE and other regulated electric utilities are installing across the state. DTE is installing 600,000 smart meters, also known as AMI meters, in southeast Michigan as part of an $83.8 million grant. Smart meters measure and record electricity usage with digital technology instead of the traditional gears and dials. The technology involves the use of radio frequency waves to transmit …
Saturday, February 4, 2012
DTE Energy estimates that power will be restored late Saturday night.
A fire at an electrical substation near Oakwood Hospital left more than 2,500 Dearborn residents without power on Saturday. According to Dearborn Fire Department Captain Robert Cunningham, the department's battalion chief was on his way back from an unrelated call at Oakwood around 4 p.m. when he spotted what appeared to be a fire at a Detroit Edison substation. Stations 1 and 2 responded and were able to put the fire out relatively quickly. However, the incident caused massive power outages in the area, affecting approximately 2,500 residences and businesses in the area of Oakwood Boulevard, Southfield Freeway, Rotunda Drive and Outer Drive. "We're not sure of the cause yet," Cunningham said of the fire, "but it appeared to be a …