DTE Comes to Town: Energy Company to Discuss July's Outage with Council
DTE Energy will be at City Hall tonight at 7 p.m. to discuss the multi-day power outage Ferndale sustained July 20-23, during one of the hottest periods of time in southeast Michigan in 15 years.
“This will be an opportunity for DTE to discuss what occurred over the summer and address the concerns our residents have,” said Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter in a statement. “Residents have been frustrated with the recent power outages and want answers.”
On July 25, DTE Energy officials came to City Hall to discuss the reasons behind the outage. The outage was pinned on the excessive heat and the workload the substation on West Nine Mile was experiencing during the time.
The residents in the audience of that July 25 meeting expressed frustration with DTE's lack of answers. Council requested that DTE put together a report on the July outage. The report is expected to outline details in the events that lead up to and during the multi-day outage.
“Not only will this be an opportunity to hear what happened but learn more about the short and long term goals that DTE has to address what is perceived as aging infrastructure,” stated Coulter.
The special meeting tonight will be televised on the city's cable station and it is open to the public.