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.

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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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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