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.

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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Recap of ELPC’s 2015 Celebration & Dinner with Guest Hank Paulson

ELPC’s celebratory dinner brought together 400 colleagues and supporters to hear about ELPC’s strategic plans going forward and Hank Paulson explain why climate change creates a “risky business” climate for the global economy. The discussion focused on solving climate change problems in ways that advance environmental progress and economic development together – that’s ELPC’s way

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New White Paper on “Repowering Chicago”

My new white paper, “Repowering Chicago: Accelerating the Cleaner, More Resilient and More Affordable Electricity Market Transformation,”  was commissioned by the University of Illinois-Chicago for its 2015 Urban Forum.  This forward-looking, strategic analysis and roadmap explains how Chicago and the Midwest are on the cusp of fundamental changes in the way that people and businesses obtain, supply

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Victory! Two Anti-Solar Proposals Dropped in Iowa

Two Iowa power providers reversed course on anti-solar proposals in August, opening up the market for solar energy development in Iowa. ELPC leads a coalition of Iowa advocates and businesses working to expand solar energy in the state. Alliant, Iowa’s second-largest power company, will now allow customers with rooftop solar systems to receive credits for

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