Michigan Governor to wean state off coal as an energy source

By Emily Lawler, MLive.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday at a conference of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum said energy issues were a high priority for him in 2015, and one of the things he'd like to accomplish is reducing the state's dependence on coal. "I think there is a large window of opportunity in the state," Snyder said. "Now is the time to look at a long term transition away from coal."

The Republican governor suggested that coal be replaced by a variety of cleaner sources, including natural gas. Because of Michigan's natural gas production and infrastructure, "we're well positioned to actually have a fair amount of that coal demand go to natural gas," Snyder said.

He also gave a nod to other energy sources.