U.S. Budget Bill Includes Landmark Carbon Capture Tax Credit to Benefit Economy, Jobs and the Environment

Broad bipartisan coalition of industry, labor, and environmental interests backed FUTURE Act to extend and reform a tax credit for carbon capture

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Super Bowl LII + Minnesota + Sustainability = Win-Win-Win

The big game in Minneapolis aims to be the most sustainable Super Bowl ever!

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Solar Energy & Communities: Unlocking Economic Benefits by Putting a Value on Solar Resources

By transforming perspectives, communities can assess and realize the full potential of developing their solar resources.

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A Cities' Guide to Carbon Reduction Coalitions

Tracking emissions is key to meeting carbon reduction commitments.

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New Analysis: Cost and Emission Benefits of Increased Demand Response in the MISO Region

This underused asset could help lower costs to customers and reduce emissions.

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

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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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February 15, 2018

Broad Coalition, Bipartisan Leadership Key to Passage of Landmark Carbon Capture Legislation

Bill's passage demonstrates strong support for a policy that will increase domestic energy production, create jobs, and reduce emissions.

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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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