Washington, D.C.

ELPC is a leading Midwest organization, focusing our efforts in the 9-state region comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Some of our work occurs at the state level, and we use progress in one state as a model for other states to follow – a “highest common denominator” approach to policy development across the region. Other work occurs at the regional level because so many of our systems are regional in nature – e.g., the spoke-and-wheel Midwest High-Speed Rail Network radiating out from Chicago to small and large cities within a 400-mile radius; the MISO energy transmission grid that touches all of the states where ELPC works; the Mississippi River that touches half of the states where ELPC works and has a watershed that reaches nearly the entire country; and the Great Lakes, which are both a regional and national treasure.

Still many of the issues that ELPC advances on-the-ground throughout the Midwest are dependent on funding and policy decisions that happen in Washington, D.C. That’s why, in 2008, ELPC hired our first Federal Legislative Director to coordinate our communications and advocacy with national allies and elected leaders. In particular, we actively engage on federal legislative matters related to:

  • Farm Bill Energy Title The Farm Bill’s Energy Title provides grants and loan guarantees to farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to install a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. ELPC’s advocacy helped create this Title in 2002 and has been instrumental in keeping it working well and well funded. 
  • Great Lakes Funding – ELPC supports legislation that helps protect this precious economic, environmental and cultural resource. Funding is critical to curbing the spread of invasive species, cleaning up toxic sites, restoring habitat, and preventing pollution. 
  • Production Tax Credit (PTC) – The PTC is a proven tool that advances wind energy projects. Since 2005, it has spurred more than $60 billion in investment, supported manufacturing wind turbine components at more than 400 plants across 43 states, and helped pollution-free wind energy become a key part of a more balanced domestic electricity portfolio. Like all tax credits, the PTC faces constant renewal battles in Congress, and ELPC is advocating to keep the PTC going as the wind industry continues to grow.  
  • Transportation Funding – ELPC’s long-time advocacy for the Midwest High-Speed Rail Network requires political will at the state, regional and federal level to succeed. ELPC advocates for federal funding critical to maintaining and improving our rail infrastructure, creating Midwest jobs, enhancing mobility in our cities and small towns, and reducing climate change pollution from our reliance on cars. 

For other victories, visit our impacts page.

ELPC’s Washington, D.C., Office

500 New Jersey Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C.  20001

Key program staff working in Washington

Karen
Karen Torrent, Federal Legislative Director (Washington, D.C.)
Howard
Howard Learner, Executive Director
Kevin
Kevin Brubaker, Deputy Director

ELPC’s multi-disciplinary staff, Board and Advisory Councils work throughout the Midwest to help solve environmental problems.

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