About one-third of our nation’s carbon pollution comes from generating electric power. How we produce that power, and how much we generate, has a profound impact on our environment and our economy.
In the last 20 years, wind power development has taken off, solar power has become poised for growth, and energy efficiency has begun flattening out energy demand. The state Renewable Energy Standards and Energy Efficiency Performance Standards that ELPC helped design and advocate are making a difference, while technological improvements have made wind turbines, solar panels and lighting equipment more efficient. The Midwest is home to 3 of the top 10 states for wind power development (Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota), and more than $2.5 billion in energy efficiency investments are transforming the energy sector in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Ohio.
What is ELPC Doing?
ELPC is working hard to create the right policies that drive the right markets for clean energy to succeed. Our energy work includes:
- Creating Markets for Wind and Solar Energy – Renewable energy resources such as wind and solar are the fuel of the future. Passage of renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in every Midwestern state is a critical step to building a clean energy future. ELPC focuses on getting these good policies in place and then making sure that they are implemented well over the long-term
- Designing Energy Efficiency Policies and Programs – ELPC’s primary goal is to ensure that utilities design and conduct energy efficiency programs that maximize environmental benefits and consumer savings. We are working to ensure that the Energy Efficiency Performance Standards (EEPS) are implemented wisely to reach their full potential.
- Promoting Farm Energy – Producing energy from biofuels, biogas, wind power and solar energy can create jobs in America’s heartland, generate significant clean energy, and make Midwest farmers and ranchers more competitive. We are working to ensure the Farm Bill’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) continues to receive robust federal funding and work well on-the-ground.
- Advancing Transmission Policies that Support Clean Energy – ELPC is leading the Midwest’s focus on expanding clean energy and energy efficiency options for consumers in MISO, our regional grid operator. Our work is helping integrate energy efficiency and demand-response into long-term system planning and prevent expensive subsidies that keep coal plants running on the basis of erroneous reliability justifications.