DETROIT -

DTE Energy installed the first Advanced Metering Infrastructure electric meter in Grosse Ile Tuesday morning.

The AMI "smart meter" allows for the company and customers to track energy usage in real time and for the company to be notified of power outages immediately.

The new meters eliminate estimated billings and the need for customers to call the utility company to report outages.

DTE will install nearly 10,000 new smart meters as part of a pilot program to test the technology. If successful, another 20,000 meters will be installed in locations yet to be announced.

The company said it could make a final decision to go ahead with the $350 million, five-year rollout of the program to all of it?s 2.2 million electric and 1.3 million natural gas customers after all the testing is complete.