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Posted on: September 2, 2021

City’s continued advocacy brings DTE pledge to improve reliability in Livonia

Man Trimming Tree

The City of Livonia shares its residents’ concerns about the performance of DTE Energy and their system’s reliability, both in those areas that face frequent outages and those that were slow to see service restored following recent storms. For this reason, a contingent of City officials led by Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan has continued advocacy to DTE on behalf of our community.

On September 1, DTE announced an additional $70 million commitment to their tree-trimming program to improve system reliability. At a meeting with Livonia that same day, DTE made an additional commitment that Livonia would see its fair share of resources as a result of this investment.

“We are happy to see DTE make this commitment to Livonia residents that have been affected by recent reliability issues,” said Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan. “Our advocacy to DTE has focused on sharing residents’ concerns, and we take seriously the responsibility of amplifying our residents’ voices in these conversations.”

This commitment includes an expedited timeline for tree-trimming and other updates in areas of Livonia that see frequent, non-storm-related outages, while also addressing recent outages related to severe thunderstorms.

The City also shared concerns with DTE regarding the lengthy outage at Silver Village, a city-owned senior housing community with a population more susceptible to health impacts during prolonged outages. DTE shared their intention to elevate the restoration response for that site and other independent senior living facilities during future outages.

“DTE has committed to prioritizing these vulnerable populations moving forward,” said Mayor Brosnan. “We also shared some concerns related to public safety and critical infrastructure and received DTE’s pledge to add greater priority to working collaboratively with Livonia first responders and essential workers during emergency events like the recent severe storms.”

DTE notes that customers can expect to see a 60-70% reduction in power outages once tree trimming is completed and other upgrades are made.

“Livonia residents should be aware that additional DTE representatives will be in our community, conversing with residents about tree trimming in order to improve energy reliability,” Mayor Brosnan said.

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