Eight Questions on Energy: Featuring Ken Smith, President and CEO of Ever-Green Energy

Smith shares his insights about maximizing the productivity of our energy system, decarbonizing the economy, and pursuing practical and economical solutions.

Collaboration on Utility Regulation and Grid Modernization in Minnesota Recognized by Regional and National Media

Media highlights efforts by stakeholders to address changes in the electricity system.

Minnesota Policy Leaders Continue to Support Bioeconomy Production Incentive

Funding for the Bioeconomy Production Incentive has been included in budget proposals from the Minnesota Governor, House, and Senate.

Why Large Competitive Electricity Markets Benefit Wind Energy

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

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

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

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.

How Duluth's New Mapping Tool Helps Predict Solar Energy Potential

App translates statewide solar energy data into a predictive model for solar energy production.

Competitive Wholesale Electricity Markets Benefit Wind Energy Production

New analysis sheds light on the impact of wholesale electricity markets on wind power.

Minnesota Solar Pathways Grant to Advance Solar Energy Progress

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to increase solar deployment.

New Transmission to Expand Midwestern Wind Power

GPI worked with MISO to develop a new portfolio of transmission that will aid new wind development and reduce GHGs from fossil fuels.

Bringing National Solar Resources to Midwest Communities

GPI is working with local communities to certify as “solar-ready.”

Stakeholder-Driven Process Results in Minnesota Energy Action Plan

GPI worked closely with our partners and a diverse group of stakeholders to produce the MN 2025 Energy Action Plan.

Minnesota and Sweden Strengthen Bioenergy Collaboration

As part of our ongoing work with the Swedish Energy Agency, GPI organized a series of visits and meetings among Minnesotan’s and a delegation of biogas experts from Sweden.

A Biomass Bright Spot from the 2016 Minnesota Legislative Session

Minnesota takes a significant step forward in implementing a new model for biomass establishment and utilization on agricultural lands.

EIA Outlook Study Shows Jump in Expected Renewables Development

Improvements in market rules and planning could yield sustained growth.

Partnering with Argonne National Lab on Video Tutorials

GPI collaborates with national lab to produce video series on lifecycle GHG assessment.

Why the Iron Range Can Be the Best Place in the World for the Bioeconomy

Pitching the bioeconomy potential of Minnesota's Iron Range.

Electric Vehicles Provide Large GHG Reductions in Minnesota

GPI draws on the GREET Lifecycle Model to analyze carbon intensity of EVs.

The 5 Things You Need to Know to Increase Electric Vehicle Sales 10X

Community promotion leads to huge boost in EV sales.

GPI Serves as Capitol Pathways Host

The inaugural internship program aims to increase government access for students of color.

Trevor and Abby Chat Solar Gardens

Trevor and Abby help make sense of the community solar garden landscape in Minnesota.

Energy Storage Technologies and Their Value to the Grid

How energy storage technologies translate to valued services for the grid.

What the Supreme Court Demand Response Decision Means for MISO

The Supreme Court’s ruling will likely have a heterogeneous effect across RTOs/ISOs.

Betting on Biogas Growth in 2016

On the biogas front, 2015 was a good year, especially when compared to activity in previous years.

What's Happening with Clean Energy in the Twin Cities?

Big clean energy happenings in the Twin Cities metro region.

Growing a Vibrant Northern MN Bioeconomy

Northern MN has tremendous assets for biobased economic development opportunities.

Biogas Integration for Cellulosic Ethanol Production

Anaerobic digesters are being co-located at cellulosic ethanol production to recover biogas from waste material and provide a source of process energy for the plant.

Maximizing Biogas Project Value

Given the multiple biogas project configurations and the need to bundle various economic benefits to make projects pencil out, squeezing the most value out of projects all along the supply and production chain is critical.

Creating “Solar-Ready” Communities

Helping communities engage in the rapidly growing market for solar energy.

Made in Minnesota Solar Program Interview with Department of Commerce

The Made in Minnesota (MiM) Solar Program is a lottery-based incentive available to Minnesotans who install solar equipment that is made in Minnesota. Metro CERT Director Diana McKeown sat down with Kim Havey, Made in Minnesota Solar Program Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, to learn more about the program and how it’s working in the state.

Seed Grants Now Available for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Projects!

Do you and your community need funding to get your project off the ground? The CERTs team can help!

A Win-Win for Electric Vehicles: Zero Emission Charging Challenge

New interactive map helps electric vehicle owners in Minnesota connect with zero emission charging stations and meet the Zero Emission Charging Challenge.

Public Policy Helps, Hinders Projects

Project investors and developers in Minnesota and around the country will continue to utilize state and federal programs and other public policies to put project pieces together to build new technology and bring low-carbon cellulosic fuels to market.

Visiting Unique Concentrated Solar Power Facility in the Desert

Part 3 of GPI's Renewable Energy and Storage Road Trip

111d Workshop Highlights Now Available

Hundreds gathered in Detroit and online to learn and discuss implementation options under EPA's Clean Power Plan.

2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Recap: Bioeconomy Edition

A new financing program for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal is now law. Get the final details on the program now that the legislature has adjourned.

Bioeconomy Bill Prospects as MN Legislature Nears the Finish Line for 2015 Session

As the Minnesota legislature moves into the final weeks of the 2015 session here is quick rundown of the status of the Bioeconomy bill.

Public-Private Partnerships Enable Project Success

Biobased projects, including biogas, need public-private partnerships to bring the potential resource to scale.

Bills in play would help electrify Minnesota's transportation system

Legislation will make it easier to benefit from the increasing variety of plug-in electric vehicles.

What’s the deal? Environmental and Bioindustry Agreement on Bioeconomy Bill

Environmental coalition throws weight behind amended bioeconomy bill in Minnesota.

Good Policy Should Float all Bio-Boats

Minnesota has many of the essential ingredients for a strong bioeconomy.

Bioeconomy Bill Advances in MN Legislature

A bill establishing a production incentive program for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biomass heat was recently heard in the MN legislature.

Data and Tools to Better Evaluate Biogas Potential

Variations among biogas projects make it difficult to adequately assess resource potential.

Bioeconomy Bill Introduced in MN Legislature

Legislative proposal aims to enable commercial production of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biomass thermal energy.

Developing Pathways for a Sustainable Biomass Supply

Biomass utilization presents a large opportunity for clean energy projects, but responsible management will be essential to assure project sustainability.

GreenStep Cities Workshop: Cities and Community Solar

Workshop covered the basics of community solar, what resources are available for cities and citizens, and what roles cities can play in this emerging market.

Demand Response in a Resource Constrained World

The third in a series of blog posts on demand response in the Midwest.

Biogas Racks up Cellulosic RINs

Record volumes of cellulosic fuel have been reported during August and September.

The Environmental Benefits of Demand Response

The second in a series of blog posts on demand response in the Midwest.

New Fact Sheet Series on Demand Response

Demand Response (DR) is an important component of a clean energy system, and we currently have an underutilized DR asset in the Midwest. We are pleased to announce the release of a new fact sheet series focused on demand response.

Cellulosic Fuel Production Surges in August, But Not From Ethanol

August 2014 was a good month for cellulosic fuel production in the US, maybe just not from the the source you would expect.

A Visionary Model for Biogas Projects

Biogas advocates and project developers have been abuzz since EPA expanded eligible biogas transportation fuel pathways to generate cellulosic RINs.

Renewable Fuel Standard rules give boost to biogas

New renewable fuel program rules from EPA are expected to lead to a major scale-up of biogas transportation fuel projects.

International cooperation yields exchange of project models

Sweden is a world leader in bioenergy development. There is tremendous opportunity to develop Minnesota biomass.

Sweden and Minnesota Move Forward on Bioenergy Cooperation

During a recent delegation ideas and information were exchanged on waste management and energy generation.

Metro CERT Spring Resource & Networking Event

Energy professionals came together to advance the goal of cleaner and more sustainable energy use in our local communities.

Cellulosic ethanol from corn residue worse than Gasoline? NOT…SO…FAST…

A new academic paper on biofuels was released this week, and some media outlets have reached sweeping conclusions.

Taking Recycling Efforts to the Next Level

As cities consider what to do with organic waste, they should consider the value of anaerobic digestion (AD).

Amanda Bilek Recognized by Biomass Magazine as a 'Biogas Bolsterer'

GPI congratulates our own Amanda Bilek for being recognized as a 'Biogas Bolsterer' by Biomass Magazine

Bioeconomy Bill Introduced in the Minnesota Legislature

The bill will help establish an advanced biofuel and renewable chemicals industry in Minnesota.

Biogas Projects Can Help Establish Energy Crop Supply

Bioenergy projects present many opportunities for establishing perennial feedstocks. However, biogas projects have not typically been associated with grassland establishment, but a recent discussion at a grassland conference makes a strong case for why that should change.

Growing the Bioeconomy: Austin Meeting Summary

Around 30 people braved slippery roads and sub-zero temperatures to discuss new policies to support investment in advanced biofuel and renewable chemical projects in Minnesota.

Biogas a Combined Heat and Power Opportunity

There is renewed interest in deploying combined heat and power (CHP) technology to improve the efficiency of the energy generation and delivery system. Biogas systems have been early adopters of CHP and are well positioned to benefit from an increased focus on CHP implementation.

The Future of Minnesota’s Electric Utilities: The Sequel

Seismic changes are occurring within the electricity industry that will shape the utilities of the future.

Infrastructure Critical to Biogas as Transportation Fuel

New infrastructure is needed to enable biogas as a vehicle fuel. Fortunately, the infrastructure needed for biogas is supported by the build out occurring for compressed natural gas (CNG).

Biogas as Transportation Fuel: A Strong Start

The use of biogas as a transportation is moving from vision to reality all across the US. Even though there are practical project examples, there is a still a large amount of untapped potential.

Key Infrastructure Projects for Clean Energy Expansion in the Midwest

Significant progress on construction of several key transmission projects in the Upper Midwest.

Biogas Contributes to a Diverse Renewable Fuel Mix

Biogas energy systems can also be a source of transportation fuel in compressed natural gas vehicles. This column from Biomass Magazine provides examples of projects in the US already using biogas to fuel large fleet vehicles.

Bright Future for Biogas Energy Systems

Amanda Bilek's first column for Biomass Magazine describes the incredible potential for the deployment of biogas energy systems.

Untapped Potential - Swine Manure as a Biogas Feedstock

Although the U.S. has an enormous amount of untapped potential for biogas from organic waste streams, not enough is understood about the barriers and opportunities for using swine manure as an anaerobic digestion feedstock. Research completed by GPI and the Energy Center of Wisconsin aims to lay a foundation for understanding the barriers and opportunities.