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.

Learner Op-Ed: Chicago should shift EV infrastructure into gear

As published in the Chicago Tribune on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The Chicago Auto Show is a great place to see the automakers’ new car models and futurist concept designs. Clean electric vehicles and hybrids have moved from the sidelines to center stage. General Motors is showcasing its snazzy new Bolt, an EV offering a 200-mile range, more headroom

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The Clean Power Plan Gets Fresh Air

As a public interest attorney and law professor, I’ve admired Justice Antonin Scalia’s strong intellect and passion, even if I don’t share his legal philosophy and sometimes think that his “vivid” writing style is neither civil nor constructive for the courts.  As a compassionate person, I join with others in mourning his passing.  As a

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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. 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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