Robert J. Buckler,
President & Chief
Operating Officer,
Detroit Edison
 
Detroit, MI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 23, 2008 - DTE Energy this week started the installation of its first smart meters in Michigan’s Grosse Ile township.

The company plans an initial rollout of 10,000 meters as part of its pilot program to test the technology. These will be followed by another 20,000 meters in locations yet to be announced.

Subject to successful performance during testing DTE Energy will make a final decision on going ahead in 2009 with a $350 million, five-year rollout of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to all of its 2.2 million electric and 1.3 million natural gas customers.

Itron has been selected as the technology provider and is supplying its OpenWay system, including CENTRON® electric meters, gas modules and related system software and implementation services.