DTE Energy Receives 2012 Emergency Assistance Award

             DTE Energy Receives 2012 Emergency Assistance Award

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
today honored DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) with the association's 2012 Emergency
Assistance Award for their efforts to help other electric utilities restore
power following major weather events that occurred last year.

The electric power industry's Emergency Assistance Award has been presented
each year to EEI member electric utility companies since 1998. The award
recognizes extraordinary efforts undertaken in restoring electric service to
another utility company that has been disrupted by severe weather conditions
or other natural events. DTE Energy was chosen by following an international
nomination process, and the award was presented during EEI's Winter CEO

"DTE Energy's restoration assistance following two major weather events last
year – Hurricane Sandy and a series of thunderstorms that devastated the
Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions – was truly remarkable," said EEI President
Tom Kuhn. "Getting the lights back on quickly and safely following a major
storm is never easy. Working through the industry's mutual assistance
program, DTE Energy crews were essential in helping their fellow utility
companies restore service in affected neighborhoods. Importantly, DTE Energy
assistance also shows their compassion in helping others in their time of
need. I congratulate them."

DTE Energy sent 250 employees and contractors to assist in the massive
restoration efforts following the two significant weather events. Last June,
a series of thunderstorms produced winds reaching 90 m.p.h. across the Midwest
and Mid-Atlantic region, causing more than 3.7 million homes and businesses to
lose power. Then in October, Hurricane Sandy caused more than 8 million power
outages across 24 East Coast states – the largest number of power outages ever
caused by a single weather event.

"We are honored and flattered to receive EEI's Emergency Assistance Award,"
said Vince Dow, vice president of distribution engineering and construction
for DTE Energy. "But the truth is, providing assistance to other utilities is
a long standing tradition within our industry – and a responsibility we gladly
accept. I'm happy DTE Energy was able to lend a hand to our fellow utilities
in their time of crisis – and I know we'll get the same kind of assistance
when storms disrupt power to our customers."

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S.
shareholder-owned electric companies. Our members serve 95 percent of the
ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and
represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry. We
also have more than 65 International electric companies as Affiliate members,
and more than 170 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate


Website: http://www.dteenergy.com
Contact: Keith Voight, EEI, +1-202-508-5683; Len Singer, DTE Energy,
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