Report: First-Ever Collaborative Procurement of Solar Garden Subscriptions by Group of Local Governments

Community solar projects facilitate collaborative action by local governments in Minnesota.

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Analysis: Electric Vehicles Pay Their Fair Share in State Taxes

Recent tax policy analysis by the Great Plains Institute (GPI) for Drive Electric MN found that electric cars pay just as much or more taxes as comparable gasoline vehicles.

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GPI and Midwestern Governors Association Partner for Energy Storage Webinar Series

Webinar series will tackle key questions for deployment of energy storage technologies.

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Dutcher to Lead GPI Development Efforts

Rolf Nordstrom announces the promotion of Amanda Dutcher to Development Manager.

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

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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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April 21, 2017

Why Large Competitive Electricity Markets Benefit Wind Energy

Analysis explores the factors that can reduce curtailment and increase capacity factors for wind plants.

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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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