Mich. energy officials complying with Obama climate plan

This July 30, 2014 photo shows Margerie Glacier, one of many glaciers that make up Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska Tuesday to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil. (AP Photo/Kathy Matheson)

DETROIT (AP/WLNS) – Michigan officials say they will comply with the Obama administration’s plan for cutting planet-warming gases from power plants despite challenges in meeting the deadline and misgivings with some requirements.

Leaders said Tuesday Michigan will submit a plan by the September 2016 deadline and draft administrative rules for enforcement by 2018.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeks a 32 percent carbon dioxide reduction from plants by 2030. In Michigan, that would mean cutting from the nearly 70 million tons it generated in 2012 to 47.5 million tons during the next 15 years.

Michigan Agency for Energy Director Valerie Brader says officials will “need every second” but “we believe we can do it.”

Attorney General Bill Schuette has joined a lawsuit trying to block the federal plan. Brader says he’s acting independently.

In a statement released to 6 News, Consumers Energy says it backs the state plan.

Consumers Energy fully endorses a Michigan-first energy policy. We support Governor Snyder’s announcement to begin the complex process of developing a State Implementation Plan to comply with the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Michigan should take control of its energy future, whether the issue is the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, or the pending electric generating shortfall due to 9 Michigan power plants shutting down next year.

Placing our energy future in the hands of Washington would be unwise, putting at risk the reliability of electric service for millions of customers and jeopardizing the significant progress Michigan has made to improve rate competitiveness.

Consumers Energy also noted it will retire seven of its older coal units by April 2016.

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