Education in Detroit just got a boost from DTE Energy Company with energy saving technology being installed in a number of buildings. The implications for these and upcoming installations are great as schools are vulnerable to outages and unreliability during peak use times. DTE continues to explore where it makes sense to adapt renewable energy to its current mixed use approach to energy.
DTE officials say they’re helping to improve energy reliability in Detroit’s public school system. The Detroit-based utility said that since November 2014 it has converted 55 Detroit schools from the Detroit Public Lighting Department’s grid to its power grid and performed electrical maintenance on existing systems before their conversion.
DTE said the work is helping to cut down on power-related school closings in the district, with 184 school closings reported during the 2013-14 school year and just two closings during the 2015-16 school year.
Plans call for 80-90 more buildings to be converted.
Emile Lauzzana, director of energy and sustainability for the Detroit Public Schools Community District, said in a statement that improved power reliability and reduced power outages “have helped create an environment that is more conducive to learning for our students.”