Governor Rick Snyder has delivered a 2015 Energy Special Message calling for the US state of Michigan to meet at least 15% more of its energy needs in the next decade by eliminating energy waste.

‘We need a cost-based goal, a target of 30% to 40% of renewable energy plus waste reduction within 10 years,’ said Snyder.

He subsequently signed an executive order creating the Michigan Agency for Energy, saying: ‘The new agency will oversee how our state responds to the energy challenges that we know are before us, and will work across state government to help Michigan reduce energy waste and adapt to changing needs and technology.’

He said the state should approach the retirement of 10 coal-fired plants in the coming years as an opportunity.

Pete Milojevic, President & CEO of Midland Cogeneration Venture Limited Partnership, welcomed the move, saying: ‘The governor’s focus on clean energy, reliability, and offering Michigan’s job providers with access to cost-efficient energy is admirable and worthy.’