DTE Energy installs 800,000 Itron smart meters

Liberty Lake, Wash., August 6, 2012 — DTE Energy has installed 800,000 Itron endpoints, including smart electric meters and gas modules, in its Southeastern Michigan service area.

This marks a milestone for DTE Energy's advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project, which is a key component of the utility's SmartCurrents initiative. SmartCurrents aims to modernize DTE Energy's electric grid, improve distribution system reliability and efficiency, as well as lower energy delivery costs and empower electric customers with more information about their power usage.

In total, DTE Energy's AMI project includes installation of over 3 million electric and gas meters in Michigan homes and businesses. The advanced meters allow DTE Energy to get actual meter readings, essentially eliminating estimated bills.

The meters also allow the utility to quickly locate and reduce the length of power outages, as well as remotely connect and disconnect service for faster response to customers. Customers also will be able to track, manage and control their energy usage as a result of timely information provided by the meters.

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