Franz Litz brings 20 years’ experience on energy and environmental law and policy matters in government, business and non-governmental organizations to his work advising state officials, industry and non-profit organizations.  Franz is an expert on the federal Clean Air Act.  Before joining Great Plains Institute as a consultant, Franz was Executive Director of the Pace Energy & Climate Center, a legal and policy think tank, and a senior fellow with the climate and energy program at the World Resources Institute, a policy think tank.  His government experience includes a stint as an air and energy attorney, followed by 4 years leading the development of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Before entering government service, Franz practiced corporate environmental and energy law in Boston.  Franz currently advises the Great Plains Institute in connection with its work with the Midwestern Power Sector Collaborative, an effort by utilities, cooperatives, merchant generators, environmental groups and state officials to develop a Midwestern approach to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.