The Office of Climate and Energy coordinates the state’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through development and implementation of the Mi Healthy Climate Plan as ordered in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-182 and Executive Directive 2020-10. It will serve as Michigan’s action plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning toward carbon neutrality throughout the economy. This comprehensive plan will protect the public health of Michiganders and our environment while putting Michigan on a path towards becoming fully carbon-neutral by 2050.
Transitioning to carbon neutrality will mitigate the future harms of climate change and enable Michigan to take full advantage of the ongoing global energy transformation—from the jobs it will generate for our skilled workforce, to the protections it will provide for natural resources, to the savings it will bring to communities and utility ratepayers.
To ensure steady progress toward this goal, and to prevent irreparable harm to Michigan’s ecosystem, residents, and businesses in the interim, the Executive Directive further provides that Michigan will aim to achieve a 28 percent reduction below 1990 levels in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.
The office supports state and local governments in mitigation and resiliency efforts to both achieve the state’s carbon neutrality goal and help prepare communities for climate impacts. The Office also provides guidance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency, and advocates for the continued transition to a clean energy economy.
Creation of the Office of Climate and Energy
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in February 2019 signed Executive Order 2019-06 that created the Department of Great Lakes, Environment, and Energy. The executive order expanded the duties of the former Department of Environmental Quality to include as a priority an added focus on energy and climate issues as they affect the state and its residents.That executive order created the Office of Climate and Energy within EGLE.
The Office of Climate and Energy coordinates Michigan's response to climate change across state departments and agencies, and provide recommendations, guidance and assistance on climate change mitigation, adaptation and resiliency strategies. It supports the state's move to increased clean energy production and works with stakeholders to educate the public on the benefits of renewable energy sources as well as energy efficiency practices.
Executive Order 2019-06 also moved the former Michigan Energy Office under EGLE's Materials Management Division. Now known as the Energy Services Unit, the office continues to be committed to promoting healthy communities, economic growth, and environmental sustainability through energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Gov. Whitmer and EGLE also have taken other steps to promote clean energy and work toward mitigating the effects of climate change:
Energy Services is committed to promoting healthy communities, economic growth, and environmental sustainability through energy waste reduction (EWR) and renewable energy (RE). We engage stakeholders to inform and develop Michigan's energy future, participate in lead-by-example initiatives, and support energy literacy to develop a vibrant energy workforce.
Being prepared for an energy emergency or outage helps to keep Michigan families safe and warm and transportation running, as well as maintaining operations for Michigan’s businesses. MAE is primarily responsible for recommending declarations of energy emergencies to the governor, and also partners with a number of agencies, including the Michigan state police, to respond to all emergencies that have energy-related components.