A resilient grid keeps every Michigander more safe and secure. Michigan’s local energy providers are building a stronger, smarter grid that supports the way we use energy today.
Every day, we rely on a strong, resilient electric grid to deliver energy instantaneously from the plants that generate it to our homes and businesses whenever we need it. A more resilient grid makes Michigan homes, businesses, and families more secure in countless ways.
Keeping Michigan’s grid as strong and resilient as possible requires continuous maintenance and improvement—not only so it transmits electricity safely and reliably, but so it can withstand Mother Nature and other external demands.
That’s why Michigan’s local energy providers are taking a number of steps—from incorporating innovative new technologies to taking preventative measures—to make our grid more resilient and smarter than ever before.
The rapid evolution and adoption of smart technology has revolutionized the way we use energy in our homes and businesses. Today, nearly everything in our homes and businesses has a “brain,” from our phones to our refrigerators, heating and cooling systems, office and industrial tools.
Smart meters provide a much-needed technological update to Michigan’s aging energy infrastructure. Through two-way communication between energy providers and a home or business:
Local energy providers are installing other smart technologies like smart sensors throughout the grid. Smart sensors help local providers monitor and assess the overall health of the entire system to identify potential problems or improve response times when issues arise.
From one kind of cutting edge to another: tree trimming can seem invasive but plays a critically important role in keeping our energy system working.
High winds, lightning strikes, ice storms, construction accidents, even squirrels can bring down tree limbs—and occasionally entire trees—onto nearby powerlines, leading to widespread outages. Much of the time consumers spend without power is due to fallen trees.
Local energy providers work with communities, businesses, and residents to proactively identify and trim trees that could pose a risk during high winds—an effort that is especially important during Michigan’s storm season. Keeping trees trimmed helps prevent power outages before they occur. Tree-trimming efforts have been known to improve energy reliability by more than 70 percent.
Maintaining our electric infrastructure with commonsense services like tree trimming—while continuing to incorporate smarter technologies as they come online—will help make our entire grid more resilient, secure, and efficient, now and for generations to come.
We recently discussed some of the ways local energy providers work to support local communities by participating in an array of community-focused projects and initiatives. Today, we want to take some time to recognize some other ways local providers are giving back to help support everything from good old summertime fun to wildlife restoration and environmental education to economic and neighborhood development in communities across the state.
Summer is heating up—and with the higher temperatures come increased energy use and greater demand. All of these factors can have a significant impact on the rates we pay for electricity. That’s why now is a good time to take a look back at some of our previous discussions on rates and infrastructure investments.
Building a brighter, cleaner energy future for all Michiganders isn’t just an investment in upgrading our state’s energy sector or electric infrastructure. It’s an investment in jobs, in local businesses, and in our communities.