Winter has arrived, with a vengeance. But don’t worry, our crews, dispatch and behind the scenes workers are on guard prepared to handle whatever Mother Nature throws our way. Storms can disrupt your busy lives, but please be safe at home and on the roads. Always take the proper precautions to protect your loved ones and our crews.  

Always Ready for the Next Big One

Winter is back in all its glory. So, break out the snow shovels, skis and sleds.  Heat up the hot chocolate and settle in for the next few months. 

“As our storms gain in power and frequency each year, we are taking steps to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep the power on, and when necessary, safely restore power in a reasonable amount of time,” said Matt Henry, Director of Electric Grid Modernization. 

“Major storms that challenge our energy grid are inevitable, but technology and innovation will help us limit the impact of outages and shorten restoration times,” Henry said. 

We have strategies in place that support our Reliability Roadmap, an updated blueprint of how we reach our reliability goal by modernizing the electric distribution system. 

We envision a future when: No single outage affects more than 100,000 customers, and all customers have power restored within 24 hours after an outage event. 

To help with our reliability endeavors, the federal government recently gave us $100 million. 

That money will be used in part, to implement a pole sensor program that will help us identify broken poles and replace them in a more efficiently. 

With a separate budget, we are also slated to deploy 2,860 line sensors and 36 ATRs (Automatic Transfer Reclosers) in 2024.  

That will make our grid better able to stand up to whatever Mother Nature sends our way. 

“This technology will help cut down on the number of outages that occur during and immediately after a weather event,” said Henry. “We are always looking at new, proactive ways to keep the power on. I am excited with the direction we are going to create a stronger and brighter grid for Michigan.”