DTE Still Working To Restore Power To Thousands; Michigan Fourth Worst In Restoration Time


(WWJ) The newest numbers from DTE Energy say about 22,000 customers are still without power -- down from a high of nearly 600,000 following severe summer storms this weekend.

But still too many people are without power for Kwame Feller in Southfield, one of those residents suffering from day five without power. "They've got to speed up," Feller told WWJ's Charlie Langton.

In Southfield, 20 out-of-state trucks are assisting local workers to get the grid back up and running. Overall, 2,500 power lines were downed in the storm.

"Food is spoiled, we've got to get new food, kids can't watch cable, it's been poor," Feller said.

Wednesday is the goal for total restoration.

If you're affected by this week's widespread power outages, DTE Energy is looking to do more than just get your lights turned back on.

The utility will have two stations set up across Metro Detroit to distribute ice and water to residents. Starting at 10 a.m., supplies will be available at Kroger at 2200 12 Mile road, Royal Oak; Kroger, 26400 Ford Road Dearborn Hts; Palmer Park Golf Course at 19013 Woodward Detroit. 

If it seems like it's been an unduly long time for restoration work to finish, note this: A recent study commissioned by the Citizens Utility Board of Michigan ranked Michigan near the bottom of states for the average time it takes to restore customers power after an outage.

According to the latest available data compiled by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the federal Department of Energy, Michigan is fourth worst in the country when it comes to restoring power after an outage.

If you take extreme weather days out of the equation, Michigan is the second worst state.

"These results are more shocking when you consider the fact that Michigan doesn’t face the extreme weather of a California, Florida or Hurricane Sandy," wrote Robert Nelson, president of the Citizens Utility Board of Michigan, in freep.com.

Customers who have been without power for 120 hours or longer may be eligible for a $25 dollar bill credit. CLICK HERE to apply for the DTE credit. Click HERE for the Consumers Energy credit information.