Join us in Saint Paul for our annual Energy Innovation Celebration on October 11

Event program will feature “Solutions from the Ground Up” to advance clean energy and address climate in cities.

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How a New Project Seeks to Reduce Barriers to Solar in Greater Minnesota

The project helps communities become “open for solar business.”

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A Quarter of the U.S. Senate Comes Together for Bipartisan Support of Carbon Capture Legislation

Legislation attracts strong support in the Senate and from industry, labor, NGO, and state government leaders.

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e21 Forum Convenes Stakeholders to Explore Consumer-Centric Rates and Performance-Based Compensation

Over 50 people gathered in Minnesota to discuss important issues facing the electric sector.

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Who We Are

Convene, Inform, Agree, Act.

The Great Plains Institute aims to transform the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy to be both environmentally and economically sustainable.

Through research and analysis, consensus policy development, technology acceleration, and local action, we are leading the transition to clean, efficient, and secure energy.

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What We Do

The Great Plains Institute brings people together to solve our most pressing energy and climate challenges.

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Our Focus Areas

To transform the energy system, we strive for innovation in its component parts: production, distribution, and consumption. Our portfolio approach includes seven focus areas.

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Our Services

We offer a range of services and skills to clients, including facilitation, coalition building, research & analysis.

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Our Network

We work with our large and growing partner network to transform the energy system to be both environmentally and economically sustainable.

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Better Energy News

The Better Energy Community is constantly growing and evolving. For all the latest news check out our blog.


September 22, 2017

With bipartisan bill introduction in the U.S. House, support broadens for key carbon capture incentive

Lead sponsor Conaway calls the bill a legislative “no-brainer.”

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Our Partnerships

The Great Plains Institute is a diverse organization that operates, facilitates, and convenes various outreach programs and partnerships.

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Metro CERT is one of seven regions that comprise Minnesota’s Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) — a partnership organizations working together to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects.

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Drive Electric Minnesota is a partnership of Minnesota’s electric vehicle (EV) champions, dedicated to encouraging the deployment of EVs and the establishment of EV charging infrastructure through public-private partnerships, financial incentives, education, technical support, and public policy.

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The National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative brings together industry executives, labor and environmental representation, and state officials to help realize CO2-EOR’s full potential as a national energy security, economic, and environmental strategy.

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The Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota brings everyone involved in the bioeconomy together to collaborate and grow the industry, along the entire value chain from research and development to production and use.

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Minnesota GreenStep Cities encourages and supports cities’ efforts for substantive action and achievement of their sustainability goals through the implementation of best practices.

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