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DTE Energy to upgrade street lighting in River Rouge

DETROIT – DTE Energy and the city of River Rouge are partnering to upgrade street lighting throughout the community, thanks to a state grant.

River Rouge was one of 11 communities in Michigan to receive grants totaling $8 million to improve public services. The nearly $450,000 River Rouge street lighting project involves converting more than 1,200 existing street lights, primarily mercury vapor, to LED. The project is expected to save the city almost $70,000 annually.

LED streetlights offer a number of benefits, including better illumination of roadways, which provides a safer driving and walking environment for residents and others.

Compared with mercury vapor street lights, LEDs are 65 to 70 percent more energy efficient, require less maintenance and direct light more effectively. 

Work will be performed by DTE Energy crews and contractors with DTE signage on vehicles.  Workers will not need to enter homes or businesses to do the work.

Electric service will not be affected during construction, which started earlier this month and is expected to be completed in late July.

Project status reports are available at dteenergy.com/lights. Residents with questions about the project can contact DTE Energy’s Community Lighting department at (800) 548-4655.

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 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 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 dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.

For further information, members of the media may call:

Scott Simons, DTE Energy, 313.235.5555