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DTE Inks Deal to Market Standby Power Units

DTE Inks Deal to Market Standby Power Units

DTE Energy Technologies, an unregulated subsidiary of DTE Energy Co., reached a distribution agreement with Waukesha, WI- based GENERAC Power Systems, a manufacturer of prepackaged standby power systems for homes and small businesses.

DTE will market the prepackaged Generac GUARDIAN product, which provides fully automatic standby power for homes and small businesses, as well as custom-designed engineered systems for larger commercial and industrial customers in Southeastern Michigan.

The standby power system operates on natural or LP gas with rated power ranges of 6 kilowatts (kW) to 40 kW. Each unit includes an automatic transfer switch, which transfers household current to the generator when utility power shuts down. Once power is restored, the electrical load automatically is switched back to the utility power source.

The fully enclosed transfer switch is mounted in close proximity to the home's main circuit breaker panel and serves as a relay station during a power failure. At the core of its distributed generation product suite, DTE Energy Technologies is the four-state (Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana) distributor of the Plug Power fuel cell, which will be available and marketed to residential customers in early 2001.

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