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DTE Energy, Consumers Energy face power-outage challenges

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DTE Energy officials have said the problems caused by Wednesday's ice storm are the worst in about 50 years.

Experts say changing and increasingly severe weather patterns and an electric infrastructure designed for a different time and climate can be blamed on power outages that left more than 800,000 Michigan homes and businesses in the dark over several days.

And while the state's two largest utilities say they are investing millions of dollars to prepare the electric grid for such events now and in the future, some residents don't expect to see power back on in their homes until a week after the first of two storms hit the state.

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