By collaborating with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, DTE Energy has expanded its efforts to help existing Michigan businesses – as well as businesses that wish to take advantage of the state’s economic opportunities.

Detroit-based DTE Energy now offers a new economic development service for companies seeking to expand or relocate operations in Michigan.

DTE Energy has teamed with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to establish a new customer service tool that allows companies to get estimates for rates, connection costs and the necessary electric infrastructure upgrades for major projects for up to five sites in five days or less.

“One of the key things this does is to provide speed to information,” Vince Nystrom, MEDC’s vice president, strategic accounts, told Industry Today. “When we work with a business—either in state or out of the state of Michigan—or we work with a site selector, which is someone who has been hired by a corporation to look at sites, speed to information is critical.”

As he points out, if someone needs to do an assessment of power availability, power costs, or utility availability and utility costs at certain sites, they need information in their hands – and immediately. “One of the things this partnership will accomplish is the streamlining of that process, making the information as readily available as possible.”

Unique Service
Michigan is the only state that offers this kind of service to site selectors. But it not only benefits the selectors, it will help the state as well. As DTE relates, programs like this will help propel Michigan’s economy forward.

In a November 2012 speech, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder described energy as the “life blood” of his state’s economy. Without reliable and affordable supply, the economy would shut down, he warned.

The improvement will provide a streamlined, transparent and consistent method in determining any potential costs for energy upgrades. In addition, it will offer the potential to significantly reduce these costs for companies. DTE Energy’s economic development team will guide interested businesses through the process.

Strong Support
DTE encourages communication, whether a company is expanding a current facility or has selected Michigan as a place to do business. Account managers are readily available. DTE Energy offers:

  • Confidential building and site location assistance
  • Rate analysis and support
  • Strong community and economic development partnerships to provide direct access to key decision-makers
  • Expertise and experience in the electric and natural gas utility business.

Utility expertise—combined with a variety of energy technology, management and marketing services offered by DTE Energy subsidiaries—means that the DTE team can provide valuable advice and assistance to help optimize energy usage and foster optimal management of energy costs.

According to MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney, the changes being implemented by utilities will be vital in making Michigan more competitive in attracting new investments. Indeed, Finney firmly believes that Michigan is one of the best states in which to expand a growing business.

He’s not just cheerleading for his state. MEDC’s partner, the Detroit-based DTE Energy, is indeed unique. It is a diversified energy-focused organization involved in development and management of energy-related businesses and services across the United States. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers throughout the state. The DTE Energy portfolio also includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, unconventional gas production and energy trading.

Access the Tool
Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy. To get more information about how to take advantage of this new tool, companies can call DTE Energy toll-free at 855.367.0255.


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