DTE Energy Technologies to offer builders back-up power

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Aug. 5, 2002 — DTE Energy Technologies, a subsidiary of DTE Energy, and the Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan (BIA) have partnered to offer energy|nowà¢â€ž- residential standby power systems to select builders in the region.

DTE Energy Technologies will be an active sponsor and participant at the Homearama Orion 2002, Oct. 17 through Nov. 3.

The partnership will afford select builders and their home buyers the opportunity to purchase the energy|now systems, ranging from 6.7 to 100 kilowatts, as a value-added option for new construction developments. Studies have shown that home buyers increasingly want emergency backup power for their sump pumps, furnaces and computer equipment.

“Homeowners recently want to become more self-reliant,” said Brian Komorek, residential sales director for DTE Energy Technologies. “They are expecting more options and features on their new home, and with these backup power systems, they don’t have to worry about how power outages might affect their household.”

The energy|now standby power unit is installed outdoors and wired to a home’s electrical system. At the first hint of a power outage, the system automatically restores backup power within 60 seconds, even if no one is at home.

DTE Energy Technologies is a leader in the emerging distributed generation industry and supplies advanced technology generating products. The company has provided the BIA with information for prospective home buyers that highlights the features and benefits of the energy|now standby power systems.

“This relationship will benefit both parties,” said Donna Zalewski, builder program director. “We are providing our members with an additional option that is becoming a necessity for high-end home buyers and the feedback thus far has been very positive.”

For more information on permanently installed fully automatic energy|now standby power systems, call C.J. Thompson at (248) 427-2236 or visit DTE Energy Technologies at www.dtetech.com .


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