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Michigan Climate Action Council

Governer Granholm passed an Executive Order which established the Michigan Climate Action Council (MCAC). The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) now Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) was the lead agency of the Council. The Council is comprised of members representing academia, a broad base of industry, utilities, state and local government, and environmental interest groups. A list of members of the Agriculture Forestry and Waste (AFW) Technical Working Group (TWG) can be found at the Michigan Climate Action Council website.

TWG's sent recommendations to the Council; consensus is not necessary among TWG members in order to send comments to the Council. The Council acted in an advisory capacity to:

  1. Produce an inventory & forecast of greenhouse gas sources & emissions from 1990-2025
  2. Consider potential state and multi-state actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change in various sectors including energy supply, efficiency and conservation, industrial process and waste management, transportation and land use, and agriculture and forestry.
  3. Develop a comprehensive climate action plan with specific recommendations for reducing greenhouse gases in Michigan by business, government and the general public.
  4. Advise state and local government on measures to address climate change.

The Council completed a comprehensive Climate Change plan (see PDF below) for Michigan. The Plan has policy recommendations, an assessment of climate change impacts to Michigan including likelihood of occurrence, and recommendations for adaptive measures and recommended legislation to support its recommendations.

Michigan Climate Action Plan

21st Century Energy Plan: Public Service Commission

Governor Granholm issued Executive Directive 2006-2, on April 6, 2006 calling for the development of a comprehensive energy plan for the state of Michigan. Peter Lark, chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission, chaired the development of the plan and published the plan on January 31, 2007. The plan was developed by the chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission, working in cooperation with representatives from the public and private sectors, including the directors of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and other state departments. Earlier in 2006, the Michigan Public Service Commission indicated the state will be facing a need for new generation capacity by 2009.

The directive called for specific recommendations on:

  1. Meeting the state's short and long-term electric needs for residential, industrial, commercial and governmental customers in way that that ensures a reliable, safe, clean and affordable supply
  2. Developing Michigan's electronic infrastructure to further the state's competitive business climate, grow jobs, and provide affordable rates for all customers
  3. Reducing reliance on fossil fuels through energy efficiency, alternative energy, and renewable energy technologies consistent with the goal of assuring reliable, safe, clean and affordable energy
  4. Protecting natural resources and the environment from pollution, physical or visual impairment, or destruction and future risks associated with fossil fuels
  5. Developing a renewable portfolio standard which will establish targets for the share of the state's energy consumption that should come from renewable energy sources
  6. Identifying new technology options to generate, transmit, or distribute energy more cleanly or more efficiently
  7. Fostering continued growth of alternative and renewable energy technologies within the state by ensuring development of the intellectual capital, financing, infrastructure, and other resources necessary for the growth of the industry
  8. Identifying any legislative or regulatory changes necessary to its implementation, together with any financial, funding, or incentive mechanisms needed to best position the state to meet the energy challenges of the future.

Read the entire 21st Century Energy Plan.