DTE Energy’s Natural Gas Upgrades Help Ensure Safe, Reliable Delivery for Detroit Customers

DTE Gas crews are replacing more than 200 miles of cast iron and steel natural gas main annually throughout the state with longer-lasting, more efficient polyethylene (plastic) pipes. In Detroit alone, crews replaced 136 miles of pipes in 2023 and are on track to complete another 97 miles in 2024.

At the same time crews are upgrading gas lines, they’re moving meters outside of homes and businesses for customers’ convenience and safety. Outdoor meters give technicians easier access so they can perform more frequent safety checks and maintenance – without having to enter a property. Also, in an emergency inside the home, gas can be shut off from outside to allow first responders to safely enter the property and perform their work.

System upgrades also benefit the environment and by 2035 – when all original lines will have been replaced – greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by an estimated 500,000 metric tons on an annual basis, an amount equivalent to taking 100,000 cars off the road.

What you can expect during these free safety upgrades

If upgrades are scheduled at your property, you will receive a brochure in the mail and other communications about the construction process and timeline. Here is an overview:

  • Crews will dig under the right of way or street in front of homes or businesses to install new main lines.
  • Next, they will move indoor meters outside, replace the line that runs from the main to a property’s meter and reconnect natural gas service.
  • When all work is completed in the area, concrete and landscaping crews will return to repair affected sidewalks, driveways and lawns.
  • There is no charge for the upgrades.

Learn more about at System Improvements at dteenergy.com and visit the Natural Gas System Improvements Map to find out if work is scheduled near you.

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