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DTE suspending all non-essential work

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Posted at 2:40 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 14:40:18-04

DETROIT — DTE Energy is winding town all of its non-critical infrastructure and maintenance work to prioritize public health during the coronavirus outbreak.

The company is keeping employees home outside of emergency response for customers to minimize the chance of them becoming infected.

DTE says the suspension of work will go unnoticed by most customers. Some of the work being suspended includes home energy consultations, infrastructure construction and main renewal. Teams of workers will be ready to respond to emergency events and keep power and gas services functioning.

Employees will continue to respond to outages, gas leaks and downed powerlines. Overhead linework and tree trimming will also continue.

DTE is suspending all shutoffs for customers who are low-income elgibile through April 5. People enrolled in the Senior Winter Proection Program have had their end dates extended through May 3.

Customers who have suddenly lost income due to coronavirus closures or sickness can call the company at 1-800-477-4747.