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DTE Energy hits two million smart meter mark

Iain Morris
October 21, 2014

US energy utility DTE Energy says it has now installed two million smart meters for customers and is well ahead of schedule as regards its rollout of the technology.

DTE (Detroit, MI, USA) says that more than 1.5 million advanced electric meters have been installed in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Monroe and Washtenaw counties so far.
It also claims to have installed nearly 500,000 gas meters for its customers.

By the end of 2017, DTE plans to provide advanced metering technology to nearly 3.9 million of its customers, allowing energy users to better manage consumption and billing.

“Our advanced metering program provides our customers with new technology that is both safe and secure,” said Dave Meador, DTE Energy vice chairman and chief administrative officer. “This technology allows us to provide energy consumption information our customers want to better manage and lower their bills.”

According to DTE, more than 50 million advanced meters have now been deployed in the US, covering 43% of the country’s homes.

The utility says the technology offers numerous benefits to customers and utilities, eliminating any need for estimated bills or for service technicians to visit customer premises to carry out routine checks.

DTE also reckons smart meters will reduce operating costs and allow utilities to more rapidly locate and reduce the length of power outages and other problems.

The utility has also developed its own mobile energy-efficiency app – called DTE Insight – that provides real-time data on energy use, helping customers track, manage and control energy consumption and save on energy costs.

The app can now be downloaded from the Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) and Android app stores.

As regards its smart meter rollout, DTE says installers are currently at work in Macomb County and that it will reveal details of future installation areas as implementation nears.
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