Michigan’s climate action has increased significantly since Governor Gretchen Whitmer took office in January 2019. She established emissions-reductions targets through Executive Orders, brought the state into the US Climate Alliance and started an office to coordinate state-wide climate response activities. In September 2020, Governor Whitmer committed to a carbon-neutral economy by 2050, with an interim goal of 28 percent emissions reductions of 1990 levels by 2025. Governor Whitmer has tasked the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy with building a strategy to reach the carbon-neutral goal. The new Office of Climate and Energy also provides state agencies with guidance to address climate change in their activities. The state’s clean energy target lags behind others, aiming for 15 percent renewables in the electricity sector by 2021. However, Michigan is the home of Detroit, whose potential for EV manufacturing and assembly has enormous growth potential.


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