The ELPC Blog

Small Town Solar Spotlights: ELPC Intern Perspective

ELPC’s recent clean energy supply chain reports highlight many industries and stakeholders involved in renewables across Wisconsin and Michigan. Conversations around clean energy are often focused on big things—sweeping actions from the government or which state is allocating resources to build a bigger solar array or wind farm. But America’s small towns and small businesses

Read More

Getting back on track in Illinois: Investing in rail to improve Midwest mobility

There is good news for Amtrak riders in Illinois. ELPC has long supported expansion of inter-city rail service in the Midwest. Choosing rail travel over driving or flying reduces air pollution that contributes to climate change and harms public health. In the spring 2019 legislative session, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly dramatically increased

Read More

Ten rounds with Trump: ELPC’s top federal fights of 2019

Do you care about clean water and clean air? How about protecting our kids from mercury pollution or acting on climate change? I think we’d all want to say everyone cares about all of these things, but unfortunately not the Trump Administration.   That’s why ELPC had a busy 2019 standing up to the Trump Administration and working to fight its continued rollback

Read More

Opinion | Dear Gov. Whitmer: It’s time to take lead on Lake Erie cleanup

It’s time for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to lead in accelerating coordinated actions by her fellow leaders to clean up Lake Erie.  Here’s why: Agricultural runoff of fertilizer and manure is the largest source of phosphorus pollution flowing into Lake Erie where it causes toxic algae outbreaks. Most summers, safe clean drinking water is at risk,

Read More

Renewable Energy is Everywhere! ELPC Intern Perspective

Clean energy might seem like a far-off dream, but in reality, it is booming all around us. As an intern at the Environmental Law & Policy Center this year, I had the opportunity to work alongside fellow interns and expert staff to help assemble two reports about the growing renewable energy supply chain. Right here

Read More

ELPC in 2019: Strong Results, Impact, and a Good Reason to Give…

We’ve had an incredible year at ELPC. We’re fighting back and playing to win against President Trump’s misguided attempts to rollback protective clean air and clean water standards, systematically weaken the Environmental Protection Agency, and conduct what amounts to a War on the Great Lakes.  We are winning with savvy strategies, our very hardworking and

Read More

Letter: Community bankers know a good deal — solar energy

Bankers understand finance, money and good investments. So, when community banks step up to install solar energy panels on their buildings, that’s a strong signal that renewable energy is both good for business and good for the environment. Solar energy is accelerating in the Great Plains as the technology keeps improving, the economics are better

Read More

Censoring Science at the EPA Threatens Public Health

The Trump administration is churning through rollbacks of public health protections on an almost daily basis. Whether it is protecting our climate, clean air, or water, this administration has set its sights on undermining sensible standards in favor of polluters. Last week, ELPC joined colleagues from the League of Conservation Voters, the National Parks Conservation

Read More

Howard Learner Op-Ed in Crain’s Detroit: Savvy Policies can Grow Michigan’s Renewable Energy Jobs

As part of our efforts to support clean energy, ELPC has been publishing a series of reports that examine the breadth of the wind power and solar energy industries in Midwest states. Find this year’s Michigan report here. Along 12 Mile Road outside of Detroit, 24-year-old John Jevahirian of Michigan Solar Solutions goes to work

Read More

Update on the fight against ozone – ELPC’s day in court

Ground-level ozone, also known as smog, is a dangerous air pollutant that harms communities across the Midwest. Unfortunately, EPA has failed to live up to its responsibility to protect public health and the environment from this threat. EPA recently designated several Midwestern areas as “in attainment” with air quality standards, despite abundant evidence that those

Read More

ELPC’s Founding Vision is Becoming Today’s Sustainability Reality

Support ELPC’s Next 25 Years of Successful Advocacy

Donate Now