DTE Energy’s Tree Trim Academy: Improving Energy Reliability and Changing Lives
- Aug 17, 2021 2:57 pm GMT
The DTE Energy Tree Trim Academy is a first-of-its-kind program established to train a diverse cross-section of tree trimmers from the local Detroit community. The program was designed to create high-paying jobs and wraparound services that enable participants to avoid obstacles that might otherwise prevent a successful transition into a rewarding career.
Since April of 2021, the program has graduated 20 people. While the number is still relatively low, the impact has been high. Elizabeth Durham, Corporate Communications at DTE stated, “We know that 70% of customer outage time is due in some way to trees and several years ago we decided to build out tree trimming efforts with vendors and by training local folks to do this work in the community.”
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