Detroit-based DTE Energy is continuing to upgrade its natural gas system after recovering from “the most challenging two-week storm period” DTE ever faced, CEO Jerry Norcia said during the first quarter earnings call. 


“Michigan’s weather has dramatically changed in recent years,” Norcia said during the quarterly update on Thursday (Apr. 27). For example, he noted that earlier this year, the utility was faced with the “largest ice storm in our area in 50 years.” 

With $750 million in investments in the electric grid and $170 million for the natural gas infrastructure, the company kept energy flowing, with up to 90% of the system holding up “extremely well through the storm,” Norcia noted. 

Investments are not expected to slow. The utility is reupping its...