Governor Snyder said Tuesday he believes the state is on the right track to meet the ambitious goal of having all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.
“This is not a one-year project,” Snyder said at the annual Summit of the Americas in Mexico City.
“It’s going to be a long-term project.
It’s not going to happen in a year.
We have a lot of great ideas on how to go about it.
We’re not stopping.
We’ve still got a lot to do, and I think that the state, the city and the counties, and we’re just working toward making sure that we’re getting it done.”
Snyder was asked if he had any regrets about not having done more to reach the goal sooner.
“No, no, no,” Snyder replied.
“I don’t regret anything.
I think we’re all doing everything we can.”
The governor added that there are still some hurdles ahead for the state.
He said that while there is “absolutely” a chance the state could meet the 100 percent goal by 2030, it is “much more likely” that the goal will be met in 2040.
“The more you have a state, a city, a county that is fully transitioning to 100 percent, the more likely that that state or city or county is going to have a 50 percent or a 50/50 percent renewable portfolio by 2030,” he said.
Michigan’s goal for achieving 100 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030 was set by the state in 2015.
But as of March of this year, the goal had not been met.
Snyder said that he wants to “make sure that the future generations in Michigan know we are doing everything possible” to reach that goal.
While the state’s goal has been met in recent years, there have been some hurdles that the governor said the state has to work through in order to meet it.
One of the challenges that the government faces is the fact that it has to balance the demand from people to go to work, the need for transportation to get around, and the cost of building a power grid.
Snyder said that a recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy found that there were 2.6 million electric vehicles in Michigan.
The state is also facing a backlog in building a transmission grid.
The state is not able to build new transmission lines that will allow for more renewable power.
As for the future, Snyder said there are many “big-picture questions” that need to be addressed to ensure the state stays on track.
“We’re not going away.
We will make sure we stay on track to achieve 100 percent,” he added.
On Tuesday, the governor was also asked about the recent announcement that the U-M Energy Institute will be closing its Center for Energy Policy and Governance, a position the institute had held since 2014.
According to a statement from the governor, the institute “had a critical role in the early development of the governor’s plan to tackle the climate crisis,” and that it will no longer be involved in policy and research.
Earlier in the day, Snyder was also questioned about a recent report that said the U S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not done enough to help the state prepare for natural disasters and the spread of climate change.
In a letter to the U House and Senate, the Michigan chapter of the Sierra Club said that “the EPA failed to adequately respond to climate change-related threats” in Michigan from wildfires to floods.
Asked about the report, Snyder told reporters that the agency has been working to prepare for and address climate change for the last several years.
Meanwhile, a poll released last week by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 59 percent of Michiganders now support a carbon tax, while 36 percent oppose it.