21st Century Energy Infrastructure

Policy Recommendations for Development of American CO2 Pipeline Networks

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New Report from DOE-sponsored Workshop on Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Infrastructure

Report shares key findings from state and national experts and decision-makers.

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GreenStep Cities Evaluation Finds Excellent Value to Cities and Program Partners

Program helps cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals.

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Eight Questions on Energy: Featuring Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners

Ms. Pfund shares her energy bucket list, thoughts on the future of energy, and much more.

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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.


February 16, 2017

Eight Questions on Energy: Featuring Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners

Ms. Pfund shares her energy bucket list, thoughts on the future of energy, and much more.

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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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