Excessive heat: DTE expects record usage during dangerous temperatures

Company expects Friday, Saturday to be highest days of energy use ever

By Rod Meloni - Reporter, CFP ®, Dane Sager Kelly - Web Producer

DETROIT - DTE Energy officials are preparing for Friday and Saturday to be the highest days of energy usage they've ever seen.

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In January, utility companies asked customers to turn the heat down on the coldest day of the year to reduce strain on the system. The exact opposite request came Friday during a period of dangerous heat.

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The heat index in Detroit was more than 100 degrees Friday morning, and it's expected to get worse over the weekend. This is a concern for utility companies, which have to make sure electricity keeps flowing. 

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The work ongoing to prevent power disruptions means keeping a close eye on the regional power grid.

Here's how residents can help the situation:

  • Adjust your thermostat during the day and night
  • Keep blinds and drapes closed
  • Don't leave the air-conditioning on high when you aren't home
  • Try to avoiding non-essential appliances, as heat tends to remain after their use

Public cooling centers have been opened across Metro Detroit. You can find the full, updated list here.

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