DTE Energy to upgrade street lighting in Royal Oak

DETROIT – DTE Energy is continuing its street light improvement program in its Southeast Michigan service area by installing 10 energy-efficient lights in Royal Oak.

The work along 12 Mile Road and Northwood Street is part of a $4 million investment to improve street lighting service in many communities this year. The Royal Oak project cost is more than $3,000 and will begin March 17.

DTE Energy will upgrade the 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. The city could have up to a 30-percent savings on those lights annually.

To complete each phase of the project safely, 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.

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

Members of the media may call:

Scott Simons or Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, DTE Energy, (313) 235-8809