LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will build clean energy infrastructure and invest in green programs over the next 30 years with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 to address climate change, a project says. of state plan.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has committed Michigan to reaching the 2050 goal by 2020 and formed the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Council on Climate Solutions – or EGLE – to create and oversee MI implementation. Healthy Climate Plan.
The council developed its draft plan after gathering input from hundreds of residents, local government officials, academic experts and others, EGLE director Liesl Eichler Clark said in a letter from the project. , which was published online on Wednesday.
“While climate-related forces beyond our two peninsulas will challenge and shape our future for decades to come, the historic transition to carbon neutrality also presents Michigan with opportunities to advance equity, create well-paying jobs, increase economic competitiveness, and improve our quality of life by protecting the quality of our air and the Great Lakes,” Clark wrote.
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A large portion of Michigan’s greenhouse gas emissions come from electric power and transportation, the project notes.
To meet the 2050 carbon neutral goal, the plan would require the state to convert to 100% clean and renewable energy. It would aim to move to 50% clean and renewable energy by 2030.
The plan would phase out coal-fired power by 2035, although some major utilities such as DTE Energy and Consumers Energy have already announced plans to shut down coal plants years earlier.
To reduce emissions from transport, the plan calls for the construction of infrastructure that can accommodate 2 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2030.
While the plan provides several benchmarks for the state’s transition to carbon neutrality over the next few decades, Clark acknowledged that it gives a broader view of what’s to come and doesn’t fill in all the details. As climate change and the state’s technology to combat it evolves, the plan is subject to change, she wrote.
Members of the public can email suggestions to EGLE and attend online public listening sessions scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m. Feb. 8.
Last month, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to make the federal government carbon neutral by 2050, targeting a 65% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a fleet of cars and of all-electric trucks five years later.
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