Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, D-Mich., has announced that Michigan has been awarded the 2009 Interstate Renewable Energy Council's Innovation Award for its clean energy leadership through the state's Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG).
Each year, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) recognizes individuals and organizations that have implemented innovative projects during the past year that promote and accelerate the adoption of renewable energy technologies. This year, IREC's innovation through state government leadership award went to Michigan for the creation of DELEG as a way for the state to strategically rebrand itself and aggressively compete nationally and internationally in the development of advanced energy technology.
‘With the creation of the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth in December of 2008, all of our renewable energy and energy efficiency programs were now aligned under one roof,’ says Granholm. ‘We were keenly aware of the challenges and rewards of a new green economy. And as the state that put the world on wheels, we wanted to be the state that revolutionizes the way we fuel our cars and power our homes.’