Howard’s blog

ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner is an experienced attorney and the founder of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. He is responsible for ELPC’s overall strategic leadership, policy direction and financial platform. Howard’s blog includes his analysis of recent developments in clean energy, clean air, clean water, clean transportation and natural resources, as well as notes about ELPC organizational news.

More Electric Vehicles In Dealership Showrooms Than Ever Before

Are you considering a new electric vehicle? There are 16 different EV models available now in the Midwest. ELPC has gathered intel on these EV choices. Use our interactive online tool to compare them based on charging time, driving range, price, and other factors to find the EV that’s right for your lifestyle. PlugInChicagoMetro.org also

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One More Illinois Coal Plant Down and Out by 2018

The Will County Unit 4 coal plant (525 MW) is on the way to its early retirement by 2018.  A few days ago, NRG quietly asked PJM for permission to “deactivate” this coal plant by May 31, 2018.  PJM’s “[r]eliability analysis [is] underway.” NRG retired its Will County Unit 3 coal plant (251 MW) on

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Update: Sen. Kirk Votes Against Resolution to Disapprove the Clean Power Plan

You helped make a difference. Senator Kirk sadly agreed to sponsor a Congressional Review Act resolution to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan standards from taking effect. That would undermine important public health protections and new clean energy development. ELPC asked our e-activists to call Senator Kirk’s office requesting that he reconsider his position. He

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ELPC 2015: What We’ve Achieved, and What’s Next

This is a transformational year for the environment. ELPC is seizing strategic opportunities for progress on the big issues. We’re achieving strong results in these politically gridlocked times. First, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan caps two decades of sustained advocacy by ELPC and many environmental and public health colleagues backed by sound scientific findings. The

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

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