During severe weather, fallen limbs and tree branches create about two-thirds of power outages.
For the past 15 years, the company has received the National Tree Line USA Award for quality tree care. Tree trim crews follow International Society of Arboriculture standards to maintain the health of trees.
After trimming, trees are less susceptible to disease and insect problems and because they're stronger, they're more resistant to high winds and heavy ice.
Once the tree trim work is completed, DTE Energy removes small branches and debris from customer properties. Larger trimmed branches are cut to firewood length and left behind for customer use of disposal. DTE Energy will not remove diseased tree debris.
Like most other utilities nationwide, DTE Energy also does not remove debris caused by severe storms.
In these emergency situations, crews will cut broken and uproot trees in order to reach locations that need repair. Customers are advised to contact their trash collectors or a professional tree removal company for advice on disposing of debris.