SmartCurrents™

DTE Energy’s SmartCurrents™ program combines the benefits of a smart thermostat with a smart electricity rate to help lower your electric bill. SmartCurrents customers receive a FREE Wi-Fi enabled ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat, a $169 value.
 

How it works

When you sign-up for SmartCurrents, you’ll also enroll in DTE’s Dynamic Peak Pricing rate, which varies the price you pay for electricity by time of day – giving you more control over your electric costs.

SmartCurrents Benefits

  • FREE Wi-Fi Enabled thermostat ($169 value): When you enroll in SmartCurrents, DTE will mail you an ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat, at no cost to you.
  • Cheaper Nights and Weekends:  SmartCurrents customers receive DTE's  Dynamic Peak Pricing rate. This means, the cost of your electricity will vary by the time of day you use it.
  • Automatically reduce costs: During Critical Peak events, DTE will automatically increase the temperature settings on your thermostat to help lower your air conditioning costs.

Supplies are limited, so enroll today!

Enroll by phone: 888.871.0348.
More Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Dynamic Peak Pricing Rate

The Dynamic Peak Pricing (DPP) Rate allows you to save money by simply shifting your energy usage. The rate is open to residential, secondary commercial and industrial customers who have an advanced meter installed.

Pilot Study Results
During a 17 month pilot study, participants reduced their energy cost by an average of 10 percent. By taking an active role in managing your energy use, you can save money too. How much you save depends on the choices you make.

How it Works
The DPP Rate is made possible by advanced meters, which measure and report energy use on an hourly basis.

On-Peak and Critical Peak Periods
You pay more for energy during Critical Peak and On-Peak times, when supply is tighter and demand is highest.

Mid-Peak Periods
During Mid-Peak hours, you pay about the same as other customers who are on the Standard Residential Electric Rate.

Off-Peak Periods
During Off-Peak weekday hours, plus all day on Saturdays, Sundays and designated holidays, you pay less than other customers. The DPP Rate allows you to save money when you shift your electric usage to these times.

*Designated holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Critical Peak Events
During times of extremely high demand for electricity, a Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) event may be declared. Customers will be notified by 6 p.m. a day in advance of the Critical Peak event. Events will only occur on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and are limited to a maximum of 20 occurrences (80 hours) per calendar year. During CPP events, the power supply cost of electricity rises to 95¢ per kWh.

With advance planning, you can easily prevent a higher energy bill when CPP events are called. Simple ideas include:

  • Verify that your notification information is up to date so that you will know when CPP events are announced. To verify or update your contact information, call our Contact Center at 855.836.6707. Our customer service representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Make a list of the actions your household will take to reduce energy use, then post it in a common area of your home.

5 Ways to Save During Critical Peak Events

  1. Keep your notification preferences up-to-date to ensure you receive your day-ahead notification. To update your contact information, call 855.836.6707.
  2. Make an action plan to reduce energy use during Critical Peak events. For instance, pre-charge laptops so they run on batter power during events.
  3. Avoid or minimize using appliances and electronics with large energy needs during Critical Peak events. Manage small appliances, too. Unplug chargers. Use smart strips to completely power down TVs and other electronics.
  4. Pre-cool your house during lower cost periods and all the temperature to rise during the Critical Peak period. Close blinds and drapes, especially on sunny days, to avoid solar heat gain. Remember, Critical Peak events only last four hours: 3-7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  5. Download the free DTE Insight app with an Apple or Android device. Use the app to better understand how your household uses energy. This will help determine if you need to take additional actions the next time a Critical Peak event occurs.

Enroll Today!
Enroll in the DPP Rate today by calling 855.836.6707. Please note that this rate may not be combined with any other electric rate or separately advanced metered service.

CoolCurrents®
 

CoolCurrents® is our interruptible air conditioning rate that can help you save on your summer air conditioning bill. If you use a central air conditioner or air source heat pump, then you’re eligible for this special rate. CoolCurrents is designed to help you control your summer energy bills and keep you feeling cool and comfortable.

How it works

Before enrolling, you’ll need to hire an electrician to wire your central air conditioner or air source heat pump for a separate smart meter. See the CoolCurrents® FAQs for details. Then, call us at 800.477.4747 to schedule installation of a smart meter and a small wireless device to control your air conditioning.

On select summer days, DTE Electric will briefly interrupt your air conditioning in 15-minute intervals by sending a signal to the wireless device. The air conditioning cycling is limited to no more than 8 hours in a 24-hour period and no more than 30 minutes per hour. You’ll know that your service is interrupted when the red light on your device is lit.

CoolCurrents has a monthly service charge of $1.95 from June through October (regardless of usage), but this rate program may provide participating customers with a savings off your normal air conditioning bill.

Additional Benefits
CoolCurrents helps us provide more reliable service to all customers on days when the demand for electricity is high.

CoolCurrents Load Control Device Upgrade Program
DTE Energy is replacing the current Radio Control Units (RCUs) with new, state of the art equipment Load Control Devices (LCDs). The new LCD will be approximately the same size as the current device and will provide increased functionality. See the CoolCurrents FAQs for more information, including customer qualification requirements.

Geothermal Rates

Our Geothermal Rate provides two ways to save on the heating and cooling portion of your energy bill.

First, the Time-of-Day option offers a lower energy price during off-peak hours while increasing the price during on-peak hours. On-peak hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Off-peak hours apply all other times.

Second, the Geothermal Rate is seasonal. This means the price you pay during the summer (June through September) is different than your price during the winter (October through May).

To qualify, your home or business must have:

A geothermal ground source heat pump system, or a split system with a natural gas, propane or oil booster, if the geothermal heat pump is designed to operate at least 80 percent of the time.

To enroll in the Geothermal Rate:

  • Contact one of our service planners to verify that your geothermal equipment is compatible with our program. If not, other equipment may need to be installed.
  • Have wiring installed by a licensed, independent electrical contractor to accommodate a separate geothermal advanced meter.

Air source heat pumps do not qualify for this rate. However, you may qualify for another rate program.

Call us at 800.477.4747 before purchasing an air source heat pump or to request installation of the separately-metered geothermal advanced meter.

Onsite Electric Generation

Customers with onsite electric generation have several rate options to choose from. Please read the rates below and select the most applicable rate for your customer generation application.

  • Net Metering Rider No. 16 - The most utilized rate option for renewable generation with capacity of 20 kW or less. For this class of projects, termed category 1, the customer is billed by the company under his standard rate (e.g. Rate Schedule D1 (Residential Service Rate), Rate Schedule D3 (General Service Rate) and Rate Schedule D11 (Primary Supply Rate) for any positive value of inflow less outflow. The customer is eligible to receive full retail power supply and delivery credit for any energy sent to the utility (positive values of outflow less inflow) that can offset energy provided by the utility in subsequent months.
  • Standard Contract Rider No. 6 - (Small Power-producing Facilities) - Rider 6 is available to most customers, including residential customers, who develop small power-producing facilities and sell electricity to DTE Electric. To qualify for this rider, the customer must obtain qualifying status from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Standard Contract Rider No. DG - Distributed Generation - This rider is available to residential and commercial customers with onsite distributed generation of no more than 100 kW who wish to operate in parallel with the DTE Electric system.
  • If you are considering becoming a net metering customer and any of the situations below apply to you, please contact DTE Energy at 313.235.4333 as special conditions may apply to your net metering application that will affect the pricing of your service:
    • If you are currently taking service pursuant to a rate based on time-of-day (on-peak and off-peak) and/or season (rate dependent on month) or plan to change to these type of services in the future.
    • If you are considering net metering and are currently taking service pursuant to multiple rates at a single site, or plan to take service pursuant to multiple rates at a single site at some point in the future.
  • For more information see Customer Electric Generation.
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Outdoor Protective Lighting

The Outdoor Protective Lighting (OPL) Rate is a supplemental rate that is used for security lighting. Once enrolled in this rate program, we’ll install lighting where service is already available, to illuminate a designated portion of your private property. A number of specific terms and conditions apply to this rate.

OPL Rate Conditions

  • You are currently using electric service under one of our standard metered rates.
  • We install, own, operate and maintain the lighting.
  • Your contract is for 5 years of service. If you terminate early, the remaining balance of the contract is due.
  • Your dusk to dawn service is controlled by photo-sensitive devices that provide service all night, every night (approximately 4,200 hours per year).
  • For more information see Outdoor Lighting.
Plug-in Electric Vehicle Rates

Charge your electric vehicle during off-peak hours — overnight or on the weekend — and save on your Residential Electric Service Rate.

The Plug-in Electric Vehicle Rate (D1.9) requires the installation of a separate advanced meter and a Level 1 or Level 2 Electric Vehicle charger and is limited to 5,000 customers.

Choose Your Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Rate Option

  • Rate Option 1: Time-of-Use (TOU)*
    • On-Peak: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., $0.30756 per kWh
    • Off-Peak: All other times, $0.11994 per kWh
       
  • Rate Option 2: Flat Rate**
    • $46.39 per month, per vehicle
    • Limited to 250 customers

*Prices include Power Supply and Distribution charges only. **The fixed monthly Flat Rate is charged regardless of the amount of energy consumed by the electric vehicle during the billing period.

Requirements

  • To get a PEV advanced meter, you must have correct wiring, a Level 1 or Level 2 charger and meter enclosure installed by a licensed, independent electrical contractor.

  • You also need to receive approval of inspection for the electrical work from your city and provide documentation of passed inspection prior to installation of the advanced meter.

  • Change to: Once you have passed inspection, schedule your advanced meter installation by emailing a PEV Representative or by calling 313.235.7700.

More information about the PEV Rate and installation requirements, see our Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEV) page.

Residential Electric Service

If you’re a residential customer, you are most likely on the Residential Electric Service Rate.

As a residential customer, other surcharges may vary on your bill: Power Supply and Delivery.

  • Power Supply: This charge includes costs associated with generating the electricity and moving the electricity over high voltage transmission lines. The rates you pay for Power Supply are directly related to the amount of electricity you use, which is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). Usage above an average of 17 kWh per day is charged a higher power supply rate.

  • Delivery: This charge has two main components. The first is a fixed price of $7.50 per month, which covers costs associated with metering and billing. The second is a Distribution Charge that varies based on the amount of kWh you use. It covers the cost to deliver the electricity we generate over our poles and wires to your home.

Senior Citizen Credit

As of December 17, 2015, DTE Electric customers age 65 and over that are designated as head of household are eligible for a $3.75 monthly credit under the Residential Electric Service Rate.

  • There is no kWh usage requirement to qualify.
  • The senior credit means a savings of $45.00 per year.
  • This rate provides senior citizens a discount compared to non-senior customers with the Residential Electric Service Rate.
  • To sign-up for the Senior Citizen Credit, call 800.477.4747 and use the following prompts.  Select "1" for Residential Service, "3" for Billing and Payments, "4" for Billing and Payment Programs, and then "2" for Payment Assistance Programs.
Time-Of-Day Electric Rate

You could reduce your overall energy costs by requesting DTE Energy’s residential Time-Of-Day Electric Rate. The more you shift your electricity usage to off-peak hours — early mornings, evenings and weekends — the more you could save.

How It Works
This rate is available to residential customers who choose to have their energy usage metered based on our on and off-peak hours.

On-peak hours:  11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Off-peak hours:  7 p.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Maximize Your Time-Of-Day Rate
Here are some additional tips to help you save energy and money.

  • Monitor your energy use with the DTE Energy Insight app to understand when you use the most energy, and to plan your usage patterns accordingly. You can also request a DTE Energy Bridge to discover sources of your energy waste in real time.
  • Operate your dishwasher and your laundry appliances after 7 p.m. or on the weekends.
  • Turn off lights and electronics, such as televisions and computer equipment when when you're not using them, especially during peak hours.
  • Increase the temperature of your home on workdays during the summer.
  • Shower or bathe between 7 p.m. and 11 a.m if you have an electric water heater.

Sign Up Today
Call us at 800.477.4747 to enroll now or to discuss any questions you have. Please note: a 12-month commitment is required to select this rate.

Water Heating Service Rate

The Water Heating Service Rate can help you save on the water heating portion of your bill by allowing us to temporarily interrupt electricity to your water heater for up to four hours per day. This short interruption helps DTE provide reliable service on days when the demand for electricity is high.

To participate, you must have a separately metered circuit to which no other load except water heating can be connected.

  • You will need to have a licensed electrician supply and install the necessary meter enclosure, an AC-10 box, wiring, and any other necessary equipment. You may also need to receive approval of inspection for the electrical work from your city. Upon completion of the work, DTE will install a separate advanced meter and Load Control Device.
  • The cost to install the equipment necessary to separately meter the water heater usage will be provided by your licensed electrician.
  • When your water heating wiring is complete, call us at 800.477.4747 to schedule the installation of the advanced meter.

 

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