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Beginning February 21, 2017  through May 2017, 10am Central Time,

Midwestern Governors Association America's Smartland Series on Grid Modernization: Energy Storage

The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) will host an America's Smartland Series focusing on Grid Modernization: Energy Storage. This intensive discussion will bring together governors' office staff, staff from state public utility commissions and state energy offices, as well as other energy leaders for a series of webinars, culminating in an in-person meeting. Click here to view the full webinar schedule.

Register Here.

 

May 22-24, 2017, Minneapolis, MN

Midwest Solar Expo and Smart Energy Symposium

The Midwest Solar Expo is an annual solar energy conference and exhibition that brings together hundreds of executives and stakeholders from along the solar industry supply chain to advance Midwest markets through premium education, training and networking. For full information, click here.

Register for the event here.

 

June 27, 2017, 5:00-7:0pm, BlackStack Brewing, Saint Paul, MN

Energy Innovation Happy Hour

The Twin Cities has a growing community focused on energy innovation, whether it is developing advanced energy technologies, launching cleantech start-ups, developing public policy, or fostering sustainable communities. The Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour brings people together to discuss ideas, network and get to know each other in a casual setting.

Register here.

 

August 8-10, 2017, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

Energy Storage North America Conference 

Energy Storage North America (ESNA) is the largest conference and expo for grid-connected energy storage in North America, and this year will focus on grid modernization. Great Plains Institute is a proud partner of this must-attend event. Register today with our discount code ESNANOW for 10% off your conference registration. https://goo.gl/8UJZ0r

 

Recent Events

 

May 15, 2017 12:00-1:00pm

Webinar: Infrastructure for Carbon Capture: Technology, Policy, and Economics 

Join the NARUC/DOE Carbon Capture, Storage & Utilization Partnership and the Great Plains Institute’s State Carbon Dioxide for Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR) Deployment Work Group for a webinar on infrastructure policy related to carbon capture projects.

 

May 3, 2017, 5:30-8pm, Towle Building, Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum Happy Hour

Come hear the story of how a Minnesota company  Valspar, based in Minneapolis  tackled this challenge in a unique way, producing a new option which they have worked hard with stakeholders to demonstrate as a safer alternative to BPA-based linings.

 

April 19, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm, Able Seedhouse + Brewery, Minneapolis, MN

Energy Innovation Happy Hour

The Twin Cities has a growing community focused on energy innovation, whether it is developing advanced energy technologies, launching cleantech start-ups, developing public policy, or fostering sustainable communities. The Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour brings people together to discuss ideas, network and get to know each other in a casual setting.

 

March 1-3, Downtown Chicago Marriot, Chicago, IL

Sixth Annual Climate Leadership Conference

The CLC convenes around U.S. EPA’s prestigious Climate Leadership Awards, and brings climate, energy and sustainability professionals together to address climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Great Plain’s Institute’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Doug Scott will participate in a panel discussion on Driving Subnational Action: Climate Partnerships, Policies, and Incentives. View current program agenda and speaker line-up to date to engage, learn from and network with thought leaders and decision makers.

Register now using the Great Plains Institute’s discount code: CLC-GreatPlains-15% for 15% off registration fee.

 

February 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm, Bauhaus Brew Labs, Minneapolis, MN

Energy Innovation Happy Hour

The Twin Cities has a growing community focused on energy innovation, whether it is developing advanced energy technologies, launching cleantech start-ups, developing public policy, or fostering sustainable communities. The Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour brings people together to discuss ideas, network and get to know each other in a casual setting.

 

December 15, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm, Modist Brewing Co., Minneapolis, MN

Energy Innovation Happy HOur

The Twin Cities has a growing community focused on energy innovation, whether it is developing advanced energy technologies, launching cleantech start-ups, developing public policy, or fostering sustainable communities.  The Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour brings people together to discuss ideas, network, and get to know each other in a casual setting.

 

October 18, 2016, 3:oo-7:00 pm, Woulfe Alumni Hall at University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN

Metro CERT Annual Event

Join Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (Metro CERT) to celebrate our 9th year of connecting communities to resources! You’ll network with community members, local government staff and professionals committed to local, clean energy while enjoying appetizers and beverages. Additionally, Metro CERT will share its work and accomplishments from the last year.

 
 
October 13, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm, NorthGate Brewing, Minneapolis, MN

The Twin Cities has a growing community focused on energy innovation, whether it is developing advanced energy technologies, launching cleantech start-ups, developing public policy, or fostering sustainable communities.  The Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour brings people together to discuss ideas, network, and get to know each other in a casual setting.

 

September 29, 2016, Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis, MN

GPI's Annual Energy Innovation Celebration

Join us for our annual Energy Innovation Celebration, an event that gathers energy leaders to celebrate progress and energize for the future. This event will explore, share and celebrate a vision for advancing positive change on energy and climate, from the local to international level.

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 9:00 am  3:45 pm (EDT), Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA

Power Sector Trends in the Eastern Interconnect: Implications for Environmental Policies & Investments
Presented by: Great Plains Institute, Bipartisan Policy Institute, and Nicholas Institute

Join experts, state officials and stakeholders from across the eastern interconnect for a one-day workshop exploring recent modeling analyses that provide new insights into trends in the electricity sector. The event will explore what these trends mean for state energy and environmental policy choices. Experts will present their findings and stakeholders will have an opportunity to reflect on those findings. View the agenda here.

 

August 10, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lake Monster Brewing, Saint Paul, MN

The Twin Cities has a growing community focused on energy innovation, whether it is developing advanced energy technologies, launching cleantech start-ups, developing public policy, or fostering sustainable communities.  The Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour brings people together to discuss ideas, network, and get to know each other in a casual setting.

 
 
 
June 15, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm, 612 Brew, Minneapolis, MN

The Twin Cities has a growing community focused on energy innovation, whether it is developing advanced energy technologies, launching cleantech start-ups, developing public policy, or fostering sustainable communities.  The Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour brings people together to discuss ideas, network, and get to know each other in a casual setting.

 

May 17-19, 2016, DoubleTree Hotel, Downtown St. Paul

Midwest Solar Expo

Great Plains Institute is proud to partner with the 3rd annual Midwest Solar Expo, taking place May 17-19, 2016 in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Great Plains Institute's Brian Ross will be speaking on a panel, "Midwest Solar Market Insights," at the event.

 

May 9-10, 2016, Humphrey School Conference Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Workshop

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Initiative, the Department of Energy is convening industry stakeholders across the U.S. in a series of regional workshops. As a part of this program, the University of Minnesota will host the Midwest workshop which will take place May 9 and 10. Register for the event here. The Department of Energy views stakeholder feedback as essential to these discussions; we hope you can make it!

 

March 23-24, 2016,  The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Cedar Rapids, IA 
 

GPI, as part of the Grow Solar Partnership is organizing the Solar Powering Iowa Conference. The conference will engage utilities, policy makers, lenders, developers, contractors, solar installers, local governments, and training & workforce development professionals to help them define opportunities in the solar market and access resources and networks to advance projects. Visit www.growsolar.org for more information!

Register here.
 
 
February 24, 2016, 8:00-11:30 am, The Chicago Hilton Towers, Chicago, lL 
 
 

The Summit will feature presentations from businesses that are capitalizing on opportunities in industrial energy efficiency as well as a discussion on the role of industrial efficiency in Midwestern states’ compliance with the Clean Power Plan. The Summit is sponsored by the Midwestern Governors Association, Great Plains Institute, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Institute for Industrial Productivity, and Alliance for Industrial Efficiency. There is no cost to attend this event.

 

February 18, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lakes and Legends Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN
 

The Twin Cities has a growing community focused on energy innovation, whether it is developing advanced energy technologies, launching cleantech start-ups, developing public policy, or fostering sustainable communities.  The Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour brings people together to discuss ideas, network, and get to know each other in a casual setting.

 

January 12, 2016, 8:45-11:00 amLeague of Minnesota Cities, Saint Paul, MN

Green Step Cities: Step 4 Launch and Metrics

These technical workshops will be held the second Tuesday from 9:00am to 11:00am every month (September through June) at the League of Minnesota Cities Building in Saint Paul. Attend in person or via webinar. A light breakfast is provided.

Register here.

 

December 16, 2015, 5:30-7:30 pm, Day Block Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN

Energy Innovation Holiday Happy Hour

December's Energy Innovation Happy Hour will celebrate our partners and relationships with a few words from GPI's President & CEO Rolf Nordstrom as well as the opportunity for guests to earn free drink tickets.

 

 

December 15, 2015, 5:30-8:30 pm, Conference Chicago at University Center, Chicago, IL

Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) Chicago Chapter Q4 Meeting

SEEL, LLC is sponsoring an exciting exploration of the Utility of the Future, with Rolf Nordstrom, President and CEO of the Great Plains Institute, Doug Scott, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Great Plains Institute, and Jane Park, Director of Business Strategy and Technology at ComEd, as panelists.

Register here.

 

December 8, 2015, 8:45-11 am, League of Minnesota Cities, Saint Paul, MN

Green Step Cities: Waste Water Plant Project

Featuring:
  • Jessica Burdette, MN Dept. of Commerce CIP Supervisor 
    • The Value of Energy Efficiency (E2) and Renewable Energy (RE) in WWTP for Cities
  • Laura Babcock, MNTAP Director

    MNTAP’s experience with E2/RE in Minnesota WWTP and project participation mechanics

  • Bill Dunn, MPCA Clean Water Revolving Fund Coordinator

    Benchmarking/Implementation-Financing

  • AJ Van den Berghe, C.E.M., MNTAP Engineer

    E2 Operator Training/Commitment Required by Project Participants/How to get started 

These technical workshops are held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am the second Tuesday of every month (September through June) at the League of Minnesota Cities building in Saint Paul. Attend in person or via webinar. A light breakfast is provided.

Register here.

 

October 29, 2015, 1:30-4:30 pm, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MN 

Funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2025 Energy Action Plan will advance a number of strategies and technologies for clean, efficient energy in Minnesota between now and 2025. Give your perspective in recommending next steps to leverage near-term opportunities for a clean, affordable, reliable, and resilient energy system.
 
Register here!
 
 
 
October 28, 2015, 5:30-7:30 pm, Indeed Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN
 

The Twin Cities has a growing community focused on energy innovation, whether it is developing advanced energy technologies, launching cleantech start-ups, developing public policy, or fostering sustainable communities.  The Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour brings people together to discuss ideas, network, and get to know each other in a casual setting. To RSVP click here.

 

October 22, 2015, Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN

Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (Metro CERT) Annual Meeting

Mark your calendar! Join Metro CERT to celebrate our eighth year of connecting communities to resources! This year's meeting will include an opportunity to provide feedback to Minnesota's 2025 Energy Action Plan as well as presentations and voting on the strategies and technologies deemed actionable in the next 10 years. Additionally, the meeting will include an annual networking session with community members, local government staff, and professionals committed to local, clean energy.

The event will be from 3:00-7:00 PM at the Science Museum of Minnesota; the program will take place in the auditorium from 3:00-5:30 PM, followed by networking in Elements Cafe with appetizers and a cash bar. For more information and to reserve your spot click here.

 

October 19, 2015, Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, AR

Understanding the Final Clean Power Plan: Implications for Implementation in the Midcontinent States

Join the Bipartisan Policy Center and Great Plains Institute for a one-day workshop to discuss implementation options for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Final Clean Power Plan in the Midcontinent region. The EPA released its final Clean Power Plan on August 3, 2015, including national, technology-specific emission rate standards and state-specific emission goals. States now have to develoip implementation plans. This workshop will gather states, stakeholders, and experts, including those participating in MSEER and the Power Sector Collaborative, to explore policy pathways for achieving compliance under the final Clean Power Plan as well as opportunities and challenges for multistate collaboration.

Click here for more information and to register. The workshop will also be webcast on the Bipartisan Policy Center's website.

 
 

October 8, 2015, League of Minnesota Cities, Saint Paul, MN

The workshop will be on October 8th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the League of Minnesota Cities in Saint Paul. As the agenda is finalized it will be added to the workshop series Eventbrite page where you can reserve your spot in the room or on the webinar simulcast.
 
 
 

September 30, 2015, Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis, MN

GPI's First Annual Energy Innovation Celebration - SOLD OUT!

GPI will hold our first annual Energy Innovation Celebration, an event that will gather energy leaders to celebrate progress and energize for the future. This event will explore, share and celebrate a vision for advancing positive change on energy and climate, from the local to international level.

For complete information on the event, please click here.

 

September 12, 2015, 11 am-4:00 pm, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

Drive Electric Week Kick-off: Ride & Drive at the Mall of America

This kickoff event of Drive Electric allows you to get behind the wheel of the latest electric vehicle models! Come out and interact with EV owners to learn about their experience driving electric. Our EV owners are happy to satisfy your curiosity about EVs using their firsthand knowledge and experiences.  

Click here for photos from the event!

 

August 20, 2015, 5:30-7:30 pm, LynLake Brewery, Minneapolis, MN

Energy Innovation Happy Hour

The Twin Cities has a growing community focused on energy innovation, whether it is developing advanced energy technologies, launching cleantech start-ups, developing public policy, or fostering sustainable communities.  The Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour brings people together to discuss ideas, network, and get to know each other in a casual setting.

 

June 25, 2015, League of Minnesota Cities, Saint Paul, MN

Renewable energy development is a cornerstone of Minnesota's long term energy plan, and in 2013, the state adopted new legislation addressing community solar gardens. Now, cities are asking, could our city be a host site or a subscriber? Could we help promote this program to our residents and businesses? Come learn more about community solar gardens and the roles cities can and are playing with these projects. Workshop is from 2:30-3:30 PM.

 

June 5, 2015, Westin Metropolitan Airport Detroit, MI

Midcontinent States Regional Workshop: Implementation Options for EPA's Clean Power Plan

Join the Great Plains Institute and Bipartisan Policy Center for a workshop to discuss implementation options for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Proposed Clean Power Plan. EPA is expected to release its final plan in mid-summer, including state emissions goals. States will then have to develop and submit plans to achieve those goals. States and stakeholders in the region have been working to evaluate the policy options available to states for inclusion in state plans. This workshop will gather states, stakeholders, and experts to explore policy pathways for achieving EPA-prescribed state emissions goals, opportunities and challenges for multistate collaboration, and the range of opportunities for reducing power sector CO2 emissions in the region. Speakers include Joe Goffman of the U.S. EPA.

Click here to view event materials and the recorded webcast.

 

June 4, 2015, Dakota Lodge, Thompson County Park, Saint Paul

Making Connections - Energy Security and the Grid: Local Government Risks and Opportunities

This year's Metropolitan Energy Policy Coalition conference will provide in-depth information to local government decision makers about the risks and opportunities of evolving local energy markets. Hear how coming changes may affect your jurisdiction's economic, environmental, and social goals. Get updates on grid technology and learn how the resiliency of the electric grid may enable or constrain local vitality. Is your entity ready for change?

 

May 28, 2015, University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, Saint Paul

GPI Energy Innovation Forum

Please join us for a casual, thought-provoking "salon-like" evening of food and drink and learn about The Clean Power Plan - EPA's proposed state emissions goals and the policy options in front of states and stakeholders, presented by GPI Vice President Doug Scott; DriveElectric MN - Electric utility technology and options and how a utility/EV collaboration can benefit ratepayers and utilities, presented by Jukka Kukkonen of PlugInConnect, LLC and David Ranallo of Great River Energy; and Energy Innovation updates from our host, the Institute on the Environment.

This event is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and will take place at their offices on the university's Saint Paul campus.

Energy Innovation Forum Program

Energy Innovation Forum Slides

 

May 21, 2015

Community Solar Garden Workshop for Local Governments

Community Solar Gardens (CSGs) have quickly become one of the hottest energy topics in Minnesota. With the advent of this new opportunity to participate in local solar power, many local units of government are considering their role in the new CSG market. The Great Plains Institute is working with GTS Educational Services to offer this workshop that covers what local governments need to know about developing CSGs, including best practices for regulating land use, options for encouraging CSGs to capture benefits of local solar resources, and alternatives for participation.

 

May 20, 2015, League of Minnesota Cities, Saint Paul

Climate Resilience Workshop

In this final GreenStep Cities workshop of the season, participants will explore Minnesota Options for Climate Reslience in Buildings, presented by Sara Pollock Hoverter of the Georgetown Climate Center and Reslient Design: A New Lens for Sustainability, presented by Douglas Pierce of AREA Research as well as have the opportunity to provide direct feedback for the RELi Pilot Phase. Webinar registration is open to all.

This workshop is supported with generous funding from The McKnight Foundation and workshop series sponsor Xcel Energy.

 

May 13-14, 2015, Solar Arts Building & Hilton Minneapolis
 

Midwest Solar Expo

GPI is excited to partner with the Midwest Solar Expo, which brings together solar leaders from across the Midwest for its second annual conference. Join in Minneapolis as we continue the dialogue on Midwest solar. Gain insights from industry experts, receive hands on product training, and more. Leave with the tools to grow your business in the Midwest solar market.

 

May 12, 2015, North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives Ulmer Center, Mandan, ND

NDARE Solar Workshop

The North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy (NDARE) is sponsoring a workshop on the future of solar energy in the state and region. The workshop will include current market trends, opportunities for homeowners, the role of local governments in facilitating solar development, and regulatory implications of solar development. The Great Plains Institute will be presenting its work with local governments on market transformation and adapting national best practices to local regulations and practices.

 

April 16-17, Atlanta, GA

Climate and Energy Funders Group (CEFG) Annual Meeting

 

March 26 at 5:30 pm, Bauhaus Brew Labs

GPI Energy Innovation Happy Hour

The Twin Cities has a growing community focused on energy innovation, whether it is developing advanced energy technologies, launching cleantech start-ups, developing public policy, or fostering sustainable communities.  The Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour brings people together to discuss ideas, network, and get to know each other in a casual setting.

 

March 10-11, St. Cloud, MN

CERTS 2015 Conference: Community-Driven Clean Energy

CERTs 2015 will be an exploration and celebration of successful energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and a coming together of hundreds of amazing people who are working to create a clean energy future in their communities and beyond. Join us!

 

February 25, Minneapolis, MN

GPI Energy Innovation Forum

Please join us for a casual, thought-provoking "salon-like" evening of food and drink and learn about "The New State of Solar," featuring Brian Ross, Senior Program Director at GPI and Jason Willet, Finance Director at the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services; "Toward a 21st Century Energy System," featuring Rolf Nordstrom, GPI's President and CEO; and "The BioEconomy Coalition," featuring Brendan Jordan, Vice President, Great Plains Institute. We're also excited to announce our surprise guest speaker, Jigar Shah, President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital, who will also share his perspective at this event.

This event is co-hosted by Faegre Baker Daniels and will take place at their offices in downtown Minneapolis.

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Midwest Bioeconomy and Safer Products Summit: Regional Innovations Solving Global Problems

In its fifth year, the Midwest Bioeconomy and Safer Product Summit will examine green chemistry, innovation and sustainability initiatives and will provide lessons learned from market pioneers on getting ahead of the regulatory curve via product and brand innovation and from business entrepreneurs on commercializing biobased chemical production. The Summit will also provide the networking necessary to thrive in this new era of consumer goods and will bring together academics and legislators with nationally recognized consumer brands, manufacturers, retailers, regulators and green chemistry experts to provide the timeliest information on the rapidly evolving state, federal and international chemical legislation landscape. 

Where: Pohlad Hall (2nd level), Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

 

February 12, 7 - 9:30 am, St. Paul, MN

The Business of Saving Energy

Come learn how businesses are improving their bottom line with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects! This event, held at the Town and Country Club, will highlight local businesses that have implemented successful projects as well as provide information about resources and incentives, including voluntary property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing.

Join us for buffet breakfast, overview of the tools available to local businesses, and a deeper dive into the PACE MN program! 

 

January 28, 8:30 a.m. - noon, Chicago, IL

Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit: Capitalizing on Opportunity

Join GPI at the 2015 Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit and find out how Midwestern states are capitalizing on previously untapped industrial energy efficiency opportunities and getting results.  Companies are doing the same, capturing the multiple benefits of efficiency and taking the Better Buildings Challenge.  The Summit is a pre-conference event of the 2015 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference.  Additional sponsors include the Midwestern Governors Association, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Department of Energy/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy/ Advanced Manufacturing Office, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, State of Minnesota, Wisconsin State Energy Office, Oak Ridge National Lab, DOE Midwest Technical Assistance Partnership, and University of Illinois Chicago Energy Resources Center.

There is no charge to attend.   You are not required to register for the MES conference to attend this event.   Conference attendees are welcome, but separate registration is required.  Click here to register.

 

October 27 - 29

Midwest Innovation Summit

As a supporter of regional innovation, GPI invites you to join us as an attendee or exhibitor at the 2014 Midwest Innovation Summit on October 27-28 in Minneapolis, MN. Hosted by Midwest Cleantech Open and its partners, this premiere regional innovation event is expected to attract over 400 attendees. We are a partner for the event and are able to pass along a 25% discount to our network as a result. Click here to register using this partner discount link to secure your 25% off individual tickets or exhibit booth in the Innovation Showcase.

 

October 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

GPI Fall Open House

Join GPI at our Fall Open House for a fun evening of great conversation and tasty treats from neighborhood restaurants and businesses. Come get to know GPI staff and learn about the important work we are doing within our community, including:

  • Working with small businesses in Minneapolis to find ways to reduce energy and save money through the Small Business Energy Coaches program;
  • Supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the Twin Cities metropolitan area through the Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (Metro CERT); and
  • Bringing-to-scale Minnesota's GreenStep Cities program, which encourages and assists local governments in adopting proven sustainable development policies and practices.
The event will feature food and drinks from our friends and neighbors along Lake Street, including El NortenoGandhi MahalIngebretsen'sLongfellow GrillLongfellow MarketManny's TortasMerlin's RestSonora Grill, and our friends at Village Wine and Spirits! Thanks to all of these fantastic local restaurants and businesses for supporting our event.
 
 
August 13, 5:30 pm

Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour

The Twin Cities Energy Innovation Happy Hour brings energy-sector professionals, entrepreneurs, public sector leaders, advocates, enthusiasts and others to discuss ideas, network, and get to know each other in a casual setting. We are excited to partner with Sisyphus Brewing for this month's happy hour. Sisyphus is a newly opened nano-brewery located next to Dunwoody Institute by downtown Minneapolis. Click here for more information and to register. Hope to see you there!

 

July 17

Clean Energy Economy Summit

GPI is a proud sponsor of Minnesota's first Clean Energy Economy Summit, where state agency  leadership is convening national experts and Minnesota-based stakeholders to identify key challenges and emerging opportunities to growing a diverse clean energy economy in the state. GPI's Rolf Nordstrom, Brendan Jordan, and Amanda Bilek are attending this event, which will highlight Minnesota’s priority to grow jobs and engage business owners and policymakers across the clean energy and economic development community. The event will also be an opportunity to hear directly from clean energy value chains so that Minnesota's strategic action plan developed has broad industry support.

Click here to register.

 

July 14

Franz Litz to Discuss Regional Coordination & the EPA's Clean Power/CAA Section 111(d) Rule

GPI Consultant Franz Litz will participate in a panel discussion titled, "Regional Coordination: Considering the Alternatives," with experts from the Georgetown Law Climate Center, Maryland Department of the Environment, and the PJM Interconnection as part of a workshop in July. The workshop will be held at the Pew Charitable Trust's DC Conference Center and is co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. This workshop is open to the public but registration and fee payment is required. 

Click here for more details.

 

June 18

Brad Crabtree Presenting at MN EQB Listening Session on Proposed EPA Rule

GPI's Brad Crabtree is presenting on "Minnesota's leadership and ongoing activities to prepare for addressing the [EPA] rule" as part of the Minnesota Department of Environmental Quality Board's listening session on the draft Clean Air Act rule to reduce CO2 emissions from existing power plants. GPI will join State Climatologist Mark Seeley, the MN Pollution Control Agency's David Thornton and Frank Kohlasch, and Xcel Energy's Scott Wilensky in presenting to the EQB.  The meeting will include a listening session for public input and comments.

Click here for more details.

 

June 20

GreenStep Cities Celebration

At this annual breakfast event, the League of Minnesota Cities recognizes the achievements of GreenStep Cities and shares how the Minnesota Design Team helps communities develop a shared and sustainable vision for the future.  The breakfast takes place from 8 - 9:30 am on June 20 as part of the League of Minnesota Cities' Annual Conference which runs from June 18 - 20.  The conference is located at River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, MN.

Click here for more details and registration information.

 

May 31

EcoMetro: Sustainable Living Tour

The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) is a proud sponsor of the MN renewable Energy Society's upcoming EcoMetro Sustainable Living Tour.  This event will provide education on how to create beautiful homes and businesses that are the best energy savers on the block!  Spend the day touring 8 projects that tackle the challenge of our cold winters and hot summers with smart design choices and solid building techniques combined with renewable energy technologies.

Click here for more details and to sign up. 

 

May 19

Sustainability on the Road

Larson Hall, American Swedish Institute

As part of the Sweden on the Road tour stop in Minnesota, the Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish Energy Agency will host a seminar on sustainable transportation together with the Great Plains Institute and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This event is arranged as part of the bilateral Memorandum of Understanding and broader cooperation between Sweden and Minnesota on bioenergy signed in June 2013 during Governor Dayton's visit to Stockholm. 

This event is free to attend. Register here

For questions contact GPI's Amanda Bilek at 612-278-7118. 

 
May 6

The Minneapolis Brake for Breakfast event will take place on Tuesday, May 6th as part of Minneapolis Bike Walk Week. We will have free coffee and local food trucks, so you can purchase food from Taco Taxi and Kabomelette! We will also have a bike fixing station, music, and other resources to get you moving!

Brake for Breakfast will be held in the parking lot of the Greenway Building off of Hiawatha and 28th St at the Midtown Greenway.

Coordinated by: Greenway Building tenants and Lake Street Council

Find out more about the event by clicking here or call GPI's Diana McKeown at 612-278-7158 with questions.

 
April 22
GPI and the University of Minnesota Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships are hosting an evening with Dr. Nate Hagens, a popular speaker on global resource use.  Dr. Hagens will discuss the opportunities and constraints we face in the transition away from fossil fuels.  The event will be held from 6 to 8 pm at the University of Minnesota's St. Paul Campus, 306 Borlaug Hall, 1991 Upper Buford Circle.  
 
April 17
Join Metro Clean Energy Resource Team community partners & friends to celebrate our 7th year of connecting communities to resources. Hear about clean energy projects and work that is happening all over the 11 county metro area. Also, find out how to start a project in your community, and network with others committed to local, clean energy. The program will be followed by a cash bar, light appetizers, and networking.
 
April 22
March 31 - April 3
GPI's President and CEO Rolf Nordstrom is joining a project team representing the e21 Initiative at the Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) eLab Accelerator event.  RMI's Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab) is assembling leading projects from around the country for a high-impact meeting to support and advance innovative work at the distribution edge of the electricity system.  Multi-stakeholder teams will join Rocky Mountain Institute, eLab expert faculty, and other project teams to collaboratively advance their work. This invitation-only, four-day meeting will accelerate high-potential projects by providing teams a structured working session to make real progress on their unique initiative.
 
February 24

Regulation of CO2 Emissions from Power Plants: Flexibility and the Path Forward for Coal Dependent States

GPI's Franz Litz will moderate a panel on "State Implementation Plans and Regulatory Flexibility: Balancing Emissons with Compliance Cost" at a West Virginia University College of Law conference on regulation of CO2 emissions from power plants.  The conference features a keynote address by U.S. Senator Joseph Manchin III. 

Click here for more information and to register.

 
February 6

Making Connections:  Energy Trends and Our Vital Local Economy

Metropolitan Energy Policy Coalition’s Making Connections event will bring together decision makers from local government to uncover trends in the way we produce, distribute, and use energy. Attendees will learn about the impacts of those trends on the local economy, jobs, and economic development.  

Where:  Dakota Lodge at Thompson County Park, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul, MN 55118

For more information about the event and to register, click here.
MEPC members can register for free, non-MEPC members can register for $25 at the same link.  Light breakfast and lunch are included.
For questions please contact Diana McKeown at dmckeown@gpisd.net or 612-278-7158.
 
January 21
GPI Open House - Come Get to Know Us Better!
Join us for an evening of conversation & celebration as GPI: marks the launch of our new website & look, officially welcomes Metro CERT & Envision Minnesota to the GPI family, and welcomes new staff members Diana McKeown & Trevor Drake. Wine, beer & light appetizers will be served. 
 
January 16

Minnesota Green Chemistry 2014: Connecting Policy, Technology, and Economy

GPI Program Director Brendan Jordan serves on the steering committee for the MN Green Chemistry Forum and is actively involved in the planning for the 2014 Minnesota Green Chemistry conference, Connecting Policy, Technology and Economy. The Fourth Annual Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum Conference will explore the intersection of policy, technology and economy in the green chemistry sector to illuminate the benefits, challenges and opportunities of fostering a business sector that also helps meet environmental, climate, energy and health goals.
 
More information and registration is available here.

 

January 14

BBE Seminar Series:  "Why the Transition to a Low-carbon Energy System Seems Both Impossible and Inevitable”

GPI’s President & CEO, Rolf Nordstrom, will speak at the upcoming University of Minnesota’s Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department’s seminar.  Rolf will discuss the current state of the energy system, the forces of inertia, and signs of genuine momentum toward a cleaner, more sustainable energy economy. He will also provide an overview of the bioenergy-related work going on at GPI, including the work of the MN BioEconomy Coalition.

When:  January 14th, Tuesday at 3:00 pm
Where:  Minnesota Commons Room 
University of Minnesota's Saint Paul Student Center
Click here for directions.
Reception with appetizers to follow.
 
January 14

Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit: Scoring Savings with Effective Program Design

Please join us for a Summit on the very best-in-class ratepayer funded industrial energy efficiency programs and learn how they are working for the industries that use them.  The SEE Action Network, World Resources Institute/ACEEE, and the Ohio Manufacturers Association will present new reports on programmatic benefits and best practices and a panel of industries will share the characteristics of programs that work for them.  The Summit is a pre-conference event of the MEEA 2014 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference.  There is no charge to attend.  MEEA conference attendees and others are welcome.   The Summit is sponsored by the Midwestern Governors Association, Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Great Plains Institute, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and the World Resources Institute.

When: Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm CST
Where: Fairmont Hotel, 200 North Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL 60601
 
More information and registration is available here. Click here to add this to your calendar.
 
December 6

Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition Meeting

GPI and the Midwestern Governors Association will be participating in the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition (GWEC) Policy Priorities and Strategic Framework for Coordination meeting December 6th, 2013 in Washington, DC. The meeting is intended to bring together key state and federal energy policy stakeholders to discuss ways the state governors and energy policy advocates can work together on continuing state level policies and actions on renewable energy and regional transmission. Click here for a recap of the Summit.
 
December 5

Amanda Bilek presenting at Midwest Environmental Legislators Forum

GPI Energy Policy Specialist Amanda Bilek will be presenting “The Potential for Combined Heat and Power in the Midwest” at the Midwest Environmental Legislators Forum in Chicago. Amanda’s presentation will give legislators a lay of the land for combined heat and power (CHP) in the Midwest including the technical potential, economic and environmental drivers and policy solutions that can help drive increased installation of CHP systems which will help to improve the efficiency of the Midwest’s manufacturing sector.
 
November 20
Bring Solar Power to Your Home!
Are you curious about solar energy for your home, but don’t know where to start? We can help! Join Clean Water Action and the Linden Hills Environment Committee the evening of Wednesday, November 20 to learn about solar power for your home. Experts in the solar energy field will be here to speak about the basics and the benefits of residential solar and the programs available to the public to add solar power to your energy mix.
Speakers to appear include:

  • Dustin Denison, Principal for Applied Energy Innovations
  • Diana McKeown, Metro CERT Director for the Great Plains Institute
When: 7:00 - 8:15 pm
Where: Linden Hills Recreational Center

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Endreson (612-627-1528).

 

October 29-30

MGA Transmission Summit

GPI co-hosts the Midwestern Governors Association's (MGA) transmission summit for the third year.  This year's summit, "Electrifying the Economy: Utilizing the Grid to Strengthen the Midwest’s Competitive Advantage," gathers state, regional and federal leaders including Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to discuss the role of the electric system in growing the Midwestern regional economy.

Please click here for more information. 

 
October 17

Join Us at Cleantech Open's Midwest Innovation Summit!

As a Cleantech Open partner, the Great Plains Institute invites you to attend the upcoming Midwest Innovation Summit on October 17th in Minneapolis.  The Summit is a fantastic opportunity to connect with cleantech industry leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs. Panel sessions will cover topics in the areas of Agriculture, Energy Storage, Engaging Larger Corporations, Water, Energy Efficiency, and Natural Gas. 

Please click here to learn more about the Summit and view the latest agenda.