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$1.4B investment planned in DTE's natural gas infrastructure


DETROIT (AP) - DTE Energy Co. says $1.4 billion in investment is planned in Michigan natural gas pipeline infrastructure over the next five years. The Detroit-based utility says Wednesday investments by DTE Gas will help maintain the natural gas system's safety and reliability while keeping prices affordable. Plans call for modernizing cast iron and steel main pipelines with newer, more-durable material. New service lines to homes and businesses will be installed. Crews this year are on track to replace more than 100 miles of gas main lines, up from 80 miles in 2015. Natural gas meters will be moved from inside homes and businesses and replaced with advanced meters on the outside as part of the gas main modernization work. Upgrades also will be made at compressor stations to ensure reliable and delivery.