Former Illinois Commerce Commission Chairman Doug Scott has joined the Great Plains Institute (GPI) as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.
How do we achieve a healthy economy and a healthy environment?
We take a pragmatic, non-partisan approach to solving our energy and climate change challenges – working with diverse interests to transform the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. Through research and analysis, consensus policy development, and technology acceleration, we are leading the transition to clean, efficient, and secure energy.
Perhaps nothing impacts our quality of life, economic well-being, and the world our children will inherit more than the way we produce and consume energy. That’s why GPI is working to transform the energy system to achieve a better future by maximizing cost-effective energy efficiency, significantly expanding renewable energy and responsibly deploying advanced technologies to reduce the carbon and environmental footprint of fossil fuels.
We specialize in using consensus-building to discover and implement politically durable solutions to society’s most pressing energy challenges. Our unique and proven approach—Convene. Inform. Agree. Act.—enables us to find and foster common ground where none was thought possible. Rather than focusing on the points of difference among energy stakeholders, we identify areas of agreement and build on those to advance innovation in energy policy, technologies and practices.
To transform the energy system, we strive for innovation in its component parts: production, distribution, and consumption. Our portfolio approach includes seven program areas:
Maximize economy-wide investment in energy efficiency.
Modernize the nation’s energy infrastructure to accommodate more renewable and low-carbon energy.
Capture the economic and energy security benefits of fossil fuels, while continuously reducing the carbon and environmental impacts of their production and use.
Foster the sharing and exchange of policies and technologies with nations leading the energy transition around the world.
Build an energy system based on renewable sources of electricity and fuels.
Catalyze adoption of sustainable best practices that impact a community's economy, environment and quality of life.
Accelerate adoption of domestic, lower carbon transportation fuels, improve vehicle efficiency and promote better urban development.