LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan needs an energy policy with an emphasis on eliminating energy waste, and replacing coal with natural gas and renewable sources, Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday.
Snyder released several goals for the state's energy policy, which his office said should amount to a "no regrets" energy future by 2025. The Republican governor said in a statement that the goals should be "reasonable, achievable and efficient."
Snyder says policy should have adaptability, reliability and affordability. He says it also should protect the environment.
"Michigan needs an energy policy that ensures we can be adaptable, have energy that is reliable and affordable, and protect our environment," Snyder said. "We should set a reasonable, achievable, and efficient range of goals for 2025."
The recommendations come after Snyder's Special Message on Energy and the Environment last year and after the submission last month of four energy reports by Michigan Public Service Commission Chairman John Quackenbush and Michigan Energy Office Director Steve Bakkal.
Environmental and science advocates praised the announcement but said the test of its meaning will be in its details and implementation.
"Gov. Snyder has done his due diligence and studied this issue intensely for over a year. Now it's time to lead," Tiffany Hartung, a Sierra Club activist and leader of the group's campaign to phase out use of coal, said in an email. "He must take action now to ensure that Michigan's clean energy economy will grow and thrive."