Talking with members of the media on Wednesday, Donovan and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the federal government was ready to respond to the president's challenge.
He said there were more than 21,000 fires in forested areas last year, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture spent $2 billion fighting those blazes.
"This is a real issue. It's something that requires immediate attention," Vilsack said.
Donovan said the Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to save more than 100 megawatts of energy by 2020 by making federally assisted housing more efficient.
The White House report says it has supported more than 130 renewable energy projects in West Virginia since 2009, and that has generated enough electricity to power 270,000 homes.
The president's plan also includes new, strict requirements on power plants and fuel economy standards for cars.
Members of West Virginia's congressional delegation quickly condemned the plan, calling it a "war on coal."
"By shutting down the production of coal, not only will the president make it impossible for America to become energy independent but he could deliver an unrecoverable blow to coal-rich states like West Virginia," U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said in a statement issued.
Capito also called the plan part of the president's "tyrannical efforts to bankrupt the coal industry."
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