FINALIST OF THE YEAR
To rebuild a community’s infrastructure—and bolster its bottom line—
utility company DTE Energy relies
on its project management office.
BY TEGAN JONES n PORTRAITS BY MARVIN SHAOUNI
he once-legendary car capital of
the world, the city of Detroit,
Michigan, USA has endured
decades of economic struggles
and, along with it, a dwindling
population. In its heyday, Detroit
boasted 1. 8 million people, but
that number has dropped to roughly 700,000. Without
enough taxpayers to support municipal services, the city
was forced to file for bankruptcy in July 2013.
Local power company DTE Energy, one of the largest
energy organizations in the United States, had to find a
way to upgrade Detroit’s aging electrical infrastructure
and improve service in long-neglected areas. But it had
to do that while protecting its bottom line—and without raising rates for its statewide customer base.