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Michigan plans for boom from energy/green breakthroughs

The state's top energy researchers, policy-makers and business innovators will come together on Earth Day April 22 to review plans for making Michigan a national leader in emerging green energy technologies.

Michigan's University Research Corridor (URC) and WWJ Newsradio 950 will bring together the state's key go-to people in energy innovation, including leading researchers from U-M, Wayne State University and Michigan State University for "Carbon Culture at the Crossroads: Embracing a Green Michigan."

Organizers say they hope the gathering will provide businesses and citizens a roadmap to achieving alternative energy leadership and sustainability in Michigan.

The special sessions kick off with a keynote address from Stanley "Skip" Pruss, Gov. Jennifer Granholm's chief adviser on renewable energy and the environment. Pruss will outline "Michigan's Plans for Alternative Energy," followed by town hall panels comprised of leading energy researchers and business leaders.

Stephen Forrest, vice president for research, will take part in a 9:15 a.m. panel discussion on "Cultural and Policy Impediments to a Green Michigan."

WWJ will broadcast live from the event, airing special coverage on the topic with interviews running hourly throughout the day at 5:40 a.m. through 7:40 p.m. More information is available at www.urcmich.org and www.wwj.com.

Experts predict that renewable energy and energy efficiency will add $4.5 trillion in value to the U.S. economy by 2030. Michigan, with more automotive-related research and development talent than the other 49 states combined, as well as an abundance of resources in wind, solar, bio-fuels and other energy fields, is considered to be well-positioned to be a national leader in new emerging energy industries.

Michigan also is home to the URC, one of the largest clusters of research universities in the nation conducting more than $1.3 billion in research each year.

The conference, 7:30 a.m.-noon, will be held at Wayne State University's Community Arts Auditorium, 450 Reuther Mall. It begins with a special networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Advanced registration is required. A $35 registration fee includes networking breakfast, full conference and program materials. Speakers and panel discussions are free to journalists as well as Wayne State, MSU and U-M students, faculty and staff with university ID. To register, go to www.wwj.com/pages/1958825.php.

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