Governor Rick Snyder has signed an executive order creating a new agency to coordinate the state’s energy programs.
Valerie Brader, Snyder’s top aide on energy matters, will lead the new Michigan Agency for Energy which will focus on coordinating efforts and decisions as the state looks to replace retiring coal-fired power plants with newer, cleaner sources.
The 38-year old Brader has worked with the administration since 2011. She is currently a deputy legal counsel and senior policy advisor specializing in energy issues.
The governor announced his intent to create the new agency during his State of the State address in January.
Several offices and functions in state government related to energy will transfer to the new agency including the Michigan Energy Office. However, the Public Service Commission will operate autonomously from the agency and is not part of the reorganization.
The Michigan Agency for Energy will be within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Snyder’s executive order takes effect in 60 days unless rejected by the House and Senate.