ICYMI: What is ‘utility redlining’ and why does it matter for DTE customers?


LINK TO VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/planetdetroitnews/videos/6052050251490774/

Planet Detroit’s editor Nina Ignaczak spoke with We the People Research Director and Alex B. Hill and consultant Jackson Koeppel, co-authors of the policy brief Utility Redlining: Distribution in the DTE Service Area. We will also be joined by Shawn Patterson, DTE’s vice president of Environmental Management and Safety.

Topics of discussion included:

  • What is “utility redlining” and what evidence do we have that it is happening in DTE’s service territory?
  • DTE’s proposal to increase residential rates by 8.8%
  • How DTE handled this recent outage and its reliability profile
  • How equity can better inform/ factor into DTE’s future services and operations


  • Alex B. Hill, Research Director for We the People Michigan
  • Jackson Koeppel, independent consultant
  • Shawn Patterson, DTE’s vice president of Environmental Management and Safety

Moderated by Nina Ignaczak, Editor, Planet Detroit and Michigan Climate News

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