Gov. Whitmer Announces new Climate Executive Order and Directive

On Wednesday, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-182, which creates the Council on Climate Solutions and Executive Directive 2020-10, which directs the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy to develop the MI Healthy Climate Plan. The EO, Executive Directive, and Press Release can be found below. 

Executive Order 2020-182 (Climate Solutions Council). 

Executive Directive 2020-10 (MI Healthy Climate Plan and Carbon Neutral Goal).

Governor Whitmer Press Release on Climate Actions

Click Read More for an in-depth overview of the climate actions. 

Executive Directive 2020-10 formally sets the goal of economic decarbonization, and economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050, and to maintain net negative greenhouse gas emissions thereafter, aim to achieve a 28% reduction below 1999 levels in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. 

-The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (“Department”), through its Office of Climate and Energy, must develop and issue the MI Healthy Climate Plan (“Plan”). The Department must submit the Plan by December 31, 2021, and must submit a draft of the Plan to Gov. Whitmer by September 1, 2021.

-The Department must expand its environmental advisory opinion filed by the Department in the Michigan Public Service Commission’s (“Commission”) Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) process under MCL sections 460.6t and also file environmental advisory opinions in IRPs filed under MCL 460.6s. The Department must evaluate the potential impacts of proposed energy generation resources and alternatives to those resources, and also evaluate whether the IRPs filed by the utilities are consistent with the emission reduction goals included in this Directive.

-The Department must include considerations of environmental justice and health impacts under the Michigan Environmental Protection Act. 

-The Department of Technology, Management, and Budget must investigate the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency opportunities when planning or renovating a building owned or operated by the State, and must adopt policies and procedures to ensure that:

  1. All new buildings and facilities owned and operated by the State, and all major renovations of such buildings and facilities, are carbon neutral by 2040; and
  2. All existing buildings and facilities owned and operated by the State reduce energy use by 40% by 2040.

-The Department of the Treasury must develop and implement an Energy Transition Impact Project (ETIP). The ETIP must identify the communities that will be impacted by changes to the mix of energy production facilities in Michigan and minimize those impacts and dislocation, including loss of employment, property tax revenues, and related community services

Executive Order 2020-182 creates an advisory council within EGLE to guide the department in its development and implementation of the MI Healthy Climate Plan. The Council on Climate Solutions will identify and recommend opportunities for the development and effective implementation of emissions-reduction strategies while focusing on targeted solutions for communities disproportionately being affected by the climate crisis. The Council and EGLE will work closely with EGLE’s Office of Environmental Justice Public Advocate – created by Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 2019-06 in February 2019 – to ensure fairness for and representation from underserved communities.

The Governor will appoint individuals who represent the range of sectors, experiences, and expertise relevant to this issue. To apply for appointment to the Council on Climate Solutions, please visit and fill out the application. Select “Council for Climate Solutions” from the drop-down menu under the Appointment Information section of the application. All applications must be received by Sunday, November 1, 2020. 

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  • Michael Cornelius
    published this page in NEWS 2020-09-24 11:45:35 -0400
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