DTE to Install Smart Meters in US

31 March 2011 (Last Updated March 31st, 2011 18:30)

DTE Energy is to install an additional 350,000 electric meters in 25 communities in Oakland County, Michigan, US, in April this year. The project comes in line with the company's SmartCurrents programme, through which customers can communicate with DTE Energy. The smart meter

DTE Energy is to install an additional 350,000 electric meters in 25 communities in Oakland County, Michigan, US, in April this year.

The project comes in line with the company's SmartCurrents programme, through which customers can communicate with DTE Energy.

The smart meters will provide detailed information about energy usage and recognise power outages without customer input.

DTE Energy vice-president, distribution operations Vince Dow said that the SmartCurrents programme provides the tools to improve service for both business and residential customers.

"This technology will allow us to quickly locate and reduce the length of power outages and other problems, virtually eliminate estimated bills through automated meter reading and remotely connect and disconnect service, which means a faster, less intrusive service," Dow said.

The project is being partly financed by an $84m US Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant, which will be matched by DTE Energy to accelerate the project.

The grant, matched by DTE Energy, will enable the company to accelerate its deployment of Smart Grid technology.