- Agricultural Leaders of Michigan: Promoting Michigan agriculture's power and potential
"The things that we focus on tend to be pretty big picture," she says. "Trade is a big issue for them." Statewide infrastructure is a main focus of ALM, Byrum says, including broad topics such as roads, bridges, railroads, ports and waterways.
- MSU and Detroit plant seed for urban food system innovation
Detroit, a postindustrial city, has its weaknesses including abandoned properties and liability issues, but Foster is hopeful. "Detroit is a very unique city," he says. "We could actually be a global thought leader for cities around the world."
- Detroit, MSU partnering on global food system innovation
"I'm pleased that MSU has chosen Detroit as a partner from an innovation standpoint," says Bing. "MSU is trying to help us utilize the resources we have to feed Detroiters and Michiganders, and to export food around the globe."
- USDA Conservation Financial Assistance Available for SE Michigan Farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making conservation financial assistance available to farmers in southeast Michigan as part of an effort to improve water quality in Lake Erie. Farmers have until April 27, 2012 to apply for the assistance at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office.
- Wine that not only pleases the palate, but boosts Michiganís economy
Viticulturist Robin Usborne offers techniques for growing robust wine-ready grapes and picking out the right Michigan wine to pair with holiday meals.
Linda Blair: ITC Holdings providing power for our future
- Linda Blair talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
Linda Blair is executive vice president and chief business officer for ITC Holdings Corp. She is responsible for managing each of ITC's regulated operating companies and the necessary business support functions, including regulatory strategy, federal and state legislative affairs, community government affairs, human resources, marketing and communications, and information technologies and facilities.
Through its operating subsidiaries, ITC is in the business of transmitting high-voltage electricity throughout the central United States and for the international markets to our neighbors in Canada.
ITC began operations in March 2003 and is the nation’s first fully independent transmission business.
“Today, we are the nation’s largest independent electric transmission company,” says Blair. “We focus solely on electric transmission, and it is our mission to be a best-in-class transmission provider. We invest in electric transmission to enhance reliability and relieve electric transmission congestion, connect renewable energy resources to customers, and to lower the delivered energy cost to consumers.“
Blair says that the growing demand being placed on our electricity infrastructure every day and the gradual switch from carbon-based technology in our automobiles to plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles poses significant obstacles and hurdles.
“The more demand we have on our energy systems, the more we need to have an infrastructure in place to accommodate that,” she says. “We have significant underinvestment in our electric transmission grid in this country.”
There has been very little infrastructure investment in our transmission grid for the last 30 years in the United States, according to Blair.
“If we want to move toward reliance on electric automobiles, then we need to start the process now to start thinking ahead and start reinvesting in our electrical infrastructure so that we can accommodate that. We can’t expect the grid and the system in place today to accommodate our future demands without making significant upgrades and investments today,” says Blair.
Click on the arrow above to hear Blair’s October 15 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk Heinze. Greening of the Great Lakes airs Friday evenings at 7 on News/Talk 760 WJR.
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