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DTE Energy Gas upgrades infrastructure in Michigan neighborhoods

DETROIT — The arrival of spring means blooming flowers, singing birds and DTE Energy crews hard at work upgrading natural gas infrastructure, replacing older steel lines with durable polyethylene lines – all in an effort to keep DTE Gas systems reliable for years to come.

“Our customers rely on us to keep the natural gas delivery system reliable and safe,” said Joi Harris, vice president of Gas Operations at DTE Energy. “DTE is a leader in safety performance and we are committed to keeping it that way for many years to come.”

DTE Energy gas crews in 2017 will replace more than 140 miles of lines in Dearborn, the Grosse Pointe Farms, Park, Shores and Woods areas, Harper Woods, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Muskegon as part of a multi-year program to enhance the company’s natural gas infrastructure. The plan also includes replacing cast-iron main lines as well as upgrading natural gas meters and relocating the equipment to building exteriors.

The new flexible polyethylene lines are easier to transport, less costly to install and are corrosion resistant. The pipe walls are thicker than those they replace and are also more resistant to cracks and pressure, reducing the potential for leaks.

DTE collaborates with local communities to schedule gas line replacements along with other planned work on roads or sewers to minimize disruption to residents and businesses as lines are replaced.

After the natural gas lines are upgraded, DTE restores lawns, sidewalks, driveways and streets to their original condition. In 2016, DTE restored more than 450,000 square feet of lawns as part of the upgrade process.

In total, the effort employs more than 300 people, either directly by DTE or through Michigan-based companies. The program will invest $60 million in contractors, engineers and restoration teams to complete the work -  putting money into the local economy and creating jobs.

For customers interested in knowing when the renewal program is coming to their neighborhood, DTE has developed a new webpage to give customers an easy way to keep up with planned work in their areas. The page features an interactive map showing specific locations where crews will be replacing lines and more information about the upgrade program. 

 

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 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 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:

John Fossen, DTE Energy, 313.235.1726 or Pete Ternes, DTE Energy, 313.235.9154