Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Releases Draft Climate Plan

Source: RL Martin

On January 19, 2022, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) shared an initial draft of their Michigan Healthy Climate Plan. The plan outlines ways to continue the work being done to meet Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s carbon neutral by 2050 goal. A variety of stakeholders provided feedback and insights during the development of the plan, including environmental justice advocates, private businesses, and local government officials. Some of the recommendations in the plan include adopting a new renewable energy standard of 50 percent by 2030, establishing a Clean Fuels Standard, creating clean industrial hubs to decarbonize industry, and forming a new office focused on Environmental Justice work. In addition, a Council on Climate Solutions was developed in conjunction with the plan to look specifically at issues that include energy production, transmission, distribution, and storage. EGLE is currently seeking public comment by February 11, 2022 in the finalization of the statewide plan.