Inducing Health Harms
Each time the power goes out, our community takes a hit. We spend hundreds of dollars replacing spoiled food, and miss days of work or school. For elderly family members and neighbors, who are vulnerable to heat exposure, and for people with medical devices that require electricity, blackouts can be deadly. Nearly a million people in Michigan went without power on February 23rd, with nighttime temperatures falling well below freezing in the coming days.
Meanwhile, our state’s investor-owned monopoly utilities shovel profits to shareholders and evade accountability for the real costs of their failing infrastructure.
Utility Redlining: Inequitable Electric Distribution in the DTE Service Area
Key DTEE infrastructure is a decade or more past expected use in 4.8 kV areas
In Detroit, with double the vulnerability level as the region, most residents only have outdated electric infrastructure
Modernization efforts in Detroit favor industrial and municipal customers over residents