DETROIT, Jan. 15, 2003 — Detroit Edison will mark 100 years of serving Detroit and Southeastern Michigan on Friday, having been an important component in the region’s century of growth.
It was 100 years ago — Jan. 17, 1903 — when Detroit Edison was incorporated and became a partner in progress for all of Southeastern Michigan. It would reach customers in places not yet charted by the area’s first explorers.
Now one of DTE Energy’s largest subsidiaries, Detroit Edison has operated hand-in-hand with the area’s vast expansion of business, industry and population. One hundred years ago, the population of Detroit Edison’s service area was a mere 313,000 and the northern boundary of Detroit was near Grand Circus Park.
Detroit Edison now serves 2.1 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in its 7,600-square-mile service area and is a part of DTE Energy, a diversified energy company with more than 10 subsidiaries involved in various aspects of energy delivery and services.
With just one power plant in 1903 whose capacity was measured in kilowatts, Detroit Edison has grown to have a network of nine power plants in daily operation with a capacity of more than 11,000 megawatts.
“As we look back, the proudest part of our history has been the collaboration with our customers, large and small,” said Anthony F. Earley Jr., DTE Energy chairman and chief executive officer. “Our 11,000 employees have a rich history of contributions and commitment to the company and the communities we serve. As the years have passed we have recognized fully that our products have become even more essential to powering the daily lives of our customers and we are dedicated to serving them for the next 100 years.”