According to DTE figures, Grosse Pointe Woods residents have experienced an increase in outages in 2013. This spike was caused by severe weather with a 56 percent increase this year over last year.
Officials from the power company stated that nearly $4 million in work is being done to improve distribution by:
- Clearing lines and creating a 10-foot distance between tree branches and power lines.
- Circuit maintenance and circuit upgrades with wire and equipment replacement and upgrades, inspections and maintenance.
- Upgrades including fusing and installation of fault indicators
An area between Harper and Mack, Allard and Oxford, had five outages between July 11 and Sept. 8.
A second area between Mack and east of Marter, Vernier and Blairmoor had four outages between March 26 and Sept. 10. In addition to clearing trees, upgrades are planned to the wires in this area are scheduled to be completed by April 2014.
Residents who have questions or concerns can also contact DTE Energy at (800) 477-4747 or www.dteenergy.com