In 2001, ELPC developed a visionary roadmap for the Midwest, Repowering the Midwest: The Clean Energy Development Plan for the Heartland, which would produce new jobs in 10 states, increase energy reliability and reduce pollution from aging coal and nuclear plants.
Based on these findings, Senator Harkin (D-Iowa) and Senator Lugar (R-Indiana), leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee, asked ELPC to testify at the Federal Farm Bill hearings in 2001. Following the presentation, the Committee asked ELPC to help design a new Clean Energy section of the Farm Bill.
A year later, the Clean Energy Title was included in the Farm Bill for the first time, providing more than $200 million for clean energy development in rural communities nationwide over the next five years.
This marked the largest federal clean energy investment in 20 years.