17 May DTE Energy & MDOT make Michigan roads safer
DTE Energy joined the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to share results from a six-month partnership resulting in well-lit and safer Michigan roads. In 2016, MDOT participated in DTE’s Energy Efficiency Business Program, installed energy efficient LED lighting on a number of major Metro Detroit freeways, and reported a 65 percent reduction in energy use. This lighting upgrade is expected to save an estimated $2 million in energy costs in 2017 – totalling $2 million savings for Michigan residents.
“The State of Michigan is always looking for ways to use taxpayer dollars more effectively,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. “MDOT’s partnership with DTE is a great example of how public/private partnerships continue to be a win-win for all Michiganders. It’s great to see such positive results in just six months, and I look forward to seeing additional partnership and savings in the future.” In a ceremony at MDOT’s Detroit Operations Center, DTE Energy’s vice president of Business Planning and Development Irene Dimitry presented a $1 million rebate check to MDOT to help offset the cost of the department’s investment in energy efficiency improvements. Planning for this major freeway lighting project began April 2016 and installation of nearly 13,000 energy efficient LEDs was completed in November. “We’re pleased MDOT could take advantage of our energy efficiency program to not only make our roads brighter and safer, but also save energy costs,” Dimitry said. “We encourage other businesses, government agencies and nonprofits to take advantage of our Energy Efficiency Business Program.”
The project included:
- Brighter, energy efficient LED lighting installed on area freeways including I-94, I-75, I-96, I-696, I-375, M-59, the Lodge and Southfield.
- Nearly 13,000 new LED fixtures replaced inefficient high-pressure sodium, metal halide and mercury vapor fixtures.
- LED systems are up to 70 percent more energy efficient;require less maintenance and direct light more effectively.
“Partnerships are essential to upgrade freeway lighting to maximize and save taxpayer dollars,” said Kirk T. Steudle, MDOT director. “We are grateful to our partners at DTE for including us in this incentive program because well-lit freeways offer greater safety and security for the motoring public.” DTE’s energy efficiency programs save customers money, reduce energy waste and improve the environment – all while creating jobs and supporting local businesses throughout Michigan. The savings start from the moment customers install a high-efficiency light bulb or other energy efficiency upgrade. Customers benefit immediately from incentives and rebates, and from long-term savings on their energy bills.