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DTE Energy installing 90,000 advanced meters in St. Clair County

Technology helps customers manage monthly energy usage, save money

DETROIT – DTE Energy today announced plans to install 90,000 advanced electric meters in communities within St. Clair County to improve reliability and help customers save energy.

Approximately 2.9 million advanced meters have been installed in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Monroe and Washtenaw counties so far, and more than three million DTE Energy customers will have the technology by the end of 2016.

Advanced meters incorporate technology that allows utility meters to be read remotely, and provide a wide range of benefits and services to 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 advanced 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 visit their home to stop or start service
  • Provide real-time energy-use data, which will help customers track, manage and control energy usage and save money in the process. Customers have the ability to view and manage their energy usage through the DTE Insight app for iPhone and Android

“Our advanced metering program provides our customers with the most up-to-date technology that is both safe and secure,” said Ron May, DTE Energy executive vice president, Major Enterprise Projects. “We continue to find new ways to use this technology, which allows us to provide the energy usage information our customers want to better manage their bills.”

DTE Energy began installations of advanced meters in December in Algonac, Fort Gratiot Township, Marine City, Marysville, Port Huron and St. Clair. Additional installation areas will be announced as implementation nears.

Customers can enroll in the company’s Opt Out Program to have a non-transmitting advanced meter installed, by calling DTE Energy at (800) 477-4747. 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 a $9.80 monthly charge for manual meter reading and related services.

Electric meters are owned, operated and maintained by DTE Energy.

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 contact:

Randi Berris or Stephanie Beres, DTE Energy, 313.235.5555