Restoring electricity could take days, residents told

Dec 29, 2008 Full story: The Detroit News 10

Some Metro Detroiters could ring in the new year by candlelight because of high winds that knocked out power Sunday to more than 400,000 Michigan homes and businesses.

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Dan

Farmington, MI

#1 Dec 29, 2008
It would be one thing if this was an unusual occurrence for my neighborhood. When the power went out, at 5:15 AM, I looked out and saw that it was the same group of houses that seem to always lose power. A drive through the neighborhood confirmed my suspicions. 55 houses on my street and the ones we face to the back have consistently lost power whether it's sunny, rainy, cold, hot, or any other condition. DTE has "fixed" the problem several times but obviously they've only applied a bandaid because it keeps reoccurring. It's taken hours, when the weather is good, and now will take several days to repair because we are low on the pecking order. It always takes about one hour to restore the power but I guess we get to wait 72 hours because DTE doesn't want to actually repair the problem, they just want to restore power. I'm tired of being cold and in the dark when I can look out my front door and see the other side of my street with full power. Take this to heart DTE-YOU WILL BE HEARING FROM ME! You can't hide behind your crappy automated phone system forever.
Bag of Bones

United States

#2 Dec 29, 2008
I can look out my front door and see the other side of my street with full power.
__________

Obviously you are on a different ' feeder ' than those on the other side of the street.

Just because homes are adjacent, does not mean they are both fed by the same feeder line or same transformer(s).

Not a pleasant experience ...but it is reality.
Runny

Romulus, MI

#3 Dec 29, 2008
I lost power,10 inches of snow melted then wind knocked over dead trees with dead root systems !
Bag of Bones

United States

#4 Dec 30, 2008
Runny ...has someone hijacked your name or did you finally upgrade to high-speed Internet?

AOL ...gone?? lol
Government Foe

Madison Heights, MI

#5 Dec 30, 2008
Bag of Bones wrote:
Runny ...has someone hijacked your name or did you finally upgrade to high-speed Internet?
AOL ...gone?? lol
Christmas present from Mrs. Claus.
Dan

Farmington, MI

#6 Dec 31, 2008
Bag of Bones wrote:
I can look out my front door and see the other side of my street with full power.
__________
Obviously you are on a different ' feeder ' than those on the other side of the street.
Just because homes are adjacent, does not mean they are both fed by the same feeder line or same transformer(s).
Not a pleasant experience ...but it is reality.
I know about the different "feeder". I have had this exact experience 7 times over the last 2 years. DTE just replaces the blown part and says it's fixed. Do you think there's a reason the same part continues to fail? DTE doesn't want to really fix the problem, they just want to put a bandaid on it on say it's OK. That's BS!
Bag of Bones

Branson, MO

#7 Jan 2, 2009
DTE doesn't want to really fix the problem, they just want to put a bandaid on it on say it's OK. That's BS!
__________

Interesting.

An electric utility only makes money when the ' meters are turning '. They dislike outages as much as consumers do. When storms/equipment failure,(etc.) interrupt that flow of power, they work quickly to restore it.

No meter turning = no sale.

Utilities are subject to state oversight. I would write a letter to the particular state overseer stating the ongoing problem and CC to the Utility's CEO.

That may get you ( and your neighbors ) some solutions.
Runny

AOL

#8 Jan 2, 2009
Government Foe wrote:
<quoted text>
Christmas present from Mrs. Claus.
santa put coal in my stocking because I like to misbehave here on this site !(dont get me started)lol
Runny

AOL

#9 Jan 2, 2009
Bag of Bones wrote:
Runny ...has someone hijacked your name or did you finally upgrade to high-speed Internet?
AOL ...gone?? lol
sorry to say ,I only lost power so while at the relatives house I came here with their pc !(I'm cheap,oh well)lol....
Runny

AOL

#10 Jan 2, 2009
Bag of Bones wrote:
DTE doesn't want to really fix the problem, they just want to put a bandaid on it on say it's OK. That's BS!
__________
Interesting.
An electric utility only makes money when the ' meters are turning '. They dislike outages as much as consumers do. When storms/equipment failure,(etc.) interrupt that flow of power, they work quickly to restore it.
No meter turning = no sale.
Utilities are subject to state oversight. I would write a letter to the particular state overseer stating the ongoing problem and CC to the Utility's CEO.
That may get you ( and your neighbors ) some solutions.
(some people have all the answers)lol "damn its cold here".....

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