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DTE Energy to upgrade street lighting in Grosse Pointes

DETROIT – DTE Energy is continuing its street light improvement program in the Grosse Pointe area, with the next phase of work to start this month in the city of Grosse Pointe.


The work is part of a $3 million effort to improve street lighting service in Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Park this year.


DTE Energy will upgrade hundreds of older street lights 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 and in some cases, LED lighting -- will ensure that when there is a problem with one street light, other lights on the circuit will continue to operate.


 “We’re partnering with local officials to invest in their communities and significantly reduce street light outages,” said Ed Henderson, DTE Energy manager, Community Lighting. “This work will reduce the number and duration of outages, use more energy-efficient fixtures and enhance public safety.”


To safely complete each phase of the project, DTE Energy will shut off power to impacted street lighting circuits for 30 to 40 days. Signs will be posted on street lights that are affected by the upgrade work, and door hangers will be left at area homes and businesses to notify them that work is being done.


As work on each circuit is completed, street lights will be restored as quickly as possible to lessen the impact on the community.


Eight different projects in the three communities will begin this month in Grosse Pointe. Additional projects in the city will begin in May and June. In Grosse Pointe Park, projects will begin this month and next, while Grosse Pointe Farms residents can expect projects to begin in April, May and June.


Anyone with questions regarding the project can contact DTE Energy’s Community Lighting department at (800) 548-4655.


For further information, members of the media may call:


Scott Simons, (313) 235-8808 or Len Singer, (313) 235-8809