Limited energy infrastructure curtails rural development

Dec 5, 2014

Credit Flickr - Seth Sawyers

Shortly before Thanksgiving, some rural businesses in Michigan’s Thumb region faced a difficult request. At the peak of the fall harvest, Consumers Energy asked several customers to voluntarily curtail their natural gas usage for 10 hours a day. The shutoff didn’t last long, but agri-business leaders say it highlighted an ongoing concern for the future of Michigan’s energy infrastructure.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, which represents some of the affected producers.