DTE Energy schedules advanced meter installations
DETROIT – DTE Energy today announced plans to install nearly 300,000 advanced electric meters in communities in Macomb County through the remainder of 2014.
Approximately 1.3 million advanced meters have been installed in Oakland, Wayne, Monroe and Washtenaw counties so far, and more than 2 million DTE Energy customers will have the technology by the end of this year.
Advanced meters incorporate technology that allows utility meters to be read remotely, and provide a wide range of benefits and services to its customers. The new technology allows DTE Energy to:
- Quickly locate and reduce the length of power outages and other problems.
- Virtually eliminate estimated bills through automated meter reading.
- Remotely connect and disconnect residential service which means faster, less intrusive service. In most cases, customers no longer will have to wait for a service technician to stop or start service at their homes.
- Provide real-time energy-use data which will help customers track, manage and control their energy usage, saving them money. Later this year, DTE will offer an iPhone energy-efficiency application that will be an industry first.
- Reduce operating costs and thereby hold down future rate increases
“Our advanced metering program will provide our customers with new technology that is both safe and secure,” said Ron May, DTE Energy executive vice president, Major Enterprise Projects. “This technology will allow us to provide energy usage information our customers want to better manage their bills.”
DTE Energy will begin new meter installation in late June in Eastpointe, Roseville and St. Clair Shores, and then move into Warren, Centerline, Fraser, Mount Clemens, Clinton Township, Shelby Township and Macomb Township.
Future installation areas will be announced as implementation nears.
Customers who do not want the new meters can call DTE Energy on (800) 477-4747 to participate in the company’s opt out program. Customers who elect to opt out will be required to pay a $67.20 initial one-time fee to install a non-transmitting advanced meter and $9.80 monthly for a manual meter reading and related services.
Electric meters are owned, operated and maintained by DTE Energy.
For further information, members of the media may contact:
Scott Simons or Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, DTE Energy, (313) 235-5555