DTE Energy powers The District Detroit with modern, smart infrastructure

Newly designed electric system energizes Little Caesars Arena and surrounding entertainment district

DETROIT, Sept. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Energy is powering Little Caesars Arena –  the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons – and The District Detroit, growing neighborhoods and businesses around the venue.

Little Caesars Arena includes state-of-the-art electric infrastructure powered by DTE Energy

DTE built a new substation, along with a customized underground electrical system, to power the multi-use facility and its high-tech entertainment features, including:

  • 45 LED displays covering 13,500 square feet
  • A projector the size of two football fields
  • The largest seamless center-hung scoreboard in North America
  • More than 16.5 million LED lights

The state-of-the-art electrical system will allow arena staff to monitor the venue's energy load and reroute power as needed. DTE Energy's investment in this new infrastructure enables future economic growth in the city, making it possible for DTE to meet the electrical needs of additional businesses in areas near the arena.

"We are proud to collaborate with Olympia Entertainment to power the new arena, and for the opportunity to help ensure it's a place residents and visitors can enjoy for decades to come," said Jerry Norcia, president and COO, DTE Energy. "DTE is committed to supporting the economic growth and prosperity of the City of Detroit, and building the infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of businesses now and in the future."

DTE also is the provider of natural gas for the arena, which features 67 fireplaces in suites and lounges.  Its natural gas will also power industrial grade dehumidifiers. In addition, arena staff will use natural gas heat for cooking and laundering uniforms in gas-operated dryers. 

Little Caesars Arena is one of many infrastructure projects DTE has worked on in Detroit. Other recent projects include building new infrastructure for the QLine, installing energy efficient LED lighting on a number of major Metro Detroit freeways, and converting more than 100 business customers, Detroit schools and institutions from the Detroit Public Lighting Department to DTE's energy grid.

About DTE Energy
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading.  As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at, and

About Little Caesars Arena
Home to the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and other sports and entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions, the new Little Caesars Arena will feature a dramatic arena bowl, proximity to the action and great sight lines. Rich with the tradition of the Original Six™ Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Pistons and Detroit's incredible musical heritage, Little Caesars Arena will also feature state-of-the-art technology and fan amenities. Little Caesars Arena, a crown jewel of the 50-block revitalization project known as The District Detroit, will open in the fall of 2017.


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For further information: Randi Berris, DTE Energy, 313.235.5555