The Great Plains Institute does three main things:

1.       Develop better energy policy via consensus.

2.      Catalyze deployment of the best energy technologies, practices & programs.

3.      Provide reliable analysis & decision tools to leaders in the public and private sector.


But what distinguishes our work is our consensus-based, stakeholder-driven approach. This involves four key steps:

Convene: Gather key energy stakeholders with diverse views and agendas.

Inform: Use transparent research and analysis to inform decisions and recommendations.

Agree: Develop energy solutions and action steps through consensus wherever possible.

Act: Strong advocacy of consensus outcomes, advance technology adoption and deployment, and support best practice innovation.


Think of us as “energy diplomats” and consensus-driven advocates. The results are new clean energy policies passed into law, cleaner technology demonstrated and brought closer to market, better regulations adopted, energy and money saved, jobs created, emissions reduced, and businesses’ triple bottom lines improved.

We bring to this work the following organizational competencies:

Expert knowledge

GPI's staff have developed deep knowledge across a wide range of energy technologies, policies and best practices, including on energy efficiency, renewable energy and fuels, energy storage, the electric grid, options for managing CO2 from our use of fossil fuels, effective policies and practices at the community level, and harnessing “best in class” ideas through international collaboration. 

A large & growing partner network

It is our relationships with legislators, utilities, academics, corporations, regulators, entrepreneurs, and non-profits that defines our work and leads to impact. This rich network of relationships across many sectors of the economy is GPI’s largest asset, second only to the committed professionals who work here.  Having built our reputation as an “honest broker” of innovative solutions, we are able to get the right institutions and people in the room to tackle each new complex energy challenge. 

Dispute resolution expertise

We believe that true collaboration means working across political, ideological and geographic fault lines, really listening (especially to those with whom we differ), and then creating a safe and respectful environment within which stakeholders can come to trust one another and co-create innovative solutions. We don’t just care about the outcomes, we also care about the people we work with and the integrity of our relationships with them.

Decision-support tools

We offer a variety of decision-support tools (research reports and white papers, public policy analysis, computer modeling, infographics) that helps policy makers, regulators, industry leaders and civic leaders of all kinds better understand the current energy system and the options for change. 

Providing consistently reliable information, based on transparent analysis and the best science, improves decision-making, reduces uncertainties for business, reveals new economic opportunities, and inspires action.