Michigan’s electric grid, largely maintained by DTE and Consumers Energy, is rated 45th of 50 states for reliability and 39th for price by US News & World Report. Ann Arbor residents and businesses suffer from frequent power outages due to DTE’s chronic underinvestment in infrastructure–risking disruptions to work, spoiled food, inability to power medical devices, and dangerous heat in homes.
We can do better. Public power utility customers are likely to be without power for just 74 minutes a year, compared to 136 minutes a year with private utilities like DTE. Our neighbors in Lansing get their power from a public utility, for example. Lansing Board of Water and Light has made major investments in the local electric grid, and the city now experiences few outages, even during major storms.
Ann Arbor for Public Power is looking to learn more about how DTE power outages are currently impacting the community. We encourage you to share your story using the form below.
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