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.

New Essay on Game Changing Clean Energy Technologies Transforming the Electricity Market

My latest essay about the quiet revolution in renewable energy and innovative efficiency technologies that is rapidly transforming the electricity market was just published in ELI’s Environmental Forum (Nov – Dec 2015):  “Evolving [Clean Energy] Technologies Are Game Changers.” You can read it here.

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Urgent Action Needed. Please call Senator Kirk’s Office on His Opposition to Climate Solutions

Today, Politico reported that Illinois Senator Mark Kirk says he will sponsor the extreme Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution being promoted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which sets standards for Illinois and other states to flexibly reduce carbon pollution. Politico quotes Senator Kirk as

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Get Your Smart Thermostat – New Program Offers Up to $120 in Rebates

Residents across Northern Illinois are now eligible for rebates on smart thermostats that will nearly cut the cost of the devices in half. Cutting-edge smart thermostat technology offers residents increased convenience, comfort and control related to heating and cooling their homes – leading to greater energy savings that benefit the environment as well as your

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Amtrak’s Blue Ribbon Panel Report Recommends Congestion Fixes for Passenger, Freight Trains

Last week, Amtrak’s Blue Ribbon Panel on the Chicago Gateway issued its report at a standing-room only briefing, packed with Chicagoland rail transportation community leaders.  The report includes recommendations for fixing the intricate congestion problems that impede fluid passenger and freight rail transportation weaving through the Chicago area. I was honored to serve on the

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