DTE announces $7 billion plan to upgrade metro Detroit's power grid over next 5 years

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Posted at 5:57 AM, Nov 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-04 12:15:52-04

(WXYZ) — DTE Energy announced plans for a $7 billion upgrade to metro Detroit's electric grid over the next five years.

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Among the many aspects of the plan is a multi-billion-dollar investment to combat power outages, which comes after a summer of strong storms and power outages that left customers and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel outraged.

The investments include increased automation, self-healing circuits, pole maintenance, tree trimming and other projects aimed at modernizing the grid's oldest infrastructure.

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DTE also said it is planning pilot projects study the cost of non-wire alternatives like energy storage and burying power lines.

“Much of our grid was designed and built more than a century ago, providing customers the energy required for a much simpler day-to-day life," DTE President and CEO Jerry Norcia said in a release.

Another aspect of the plan is expanding capacity for electric vehicles as more people buy EVs and automakers make more of them.