This ten-day, four-country tour to the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Iceland in 2003 represented Great Plains Institute's inaugural international delegation.  The delegation was comprised of state and provincial officials, energy industry executives, agricultural leaders and environmental advocates from the Upper Midwest who were participating in the Institute’s flagship Powering the Plains Project (PTP). 

Inspired by this firsthand look at long-range energy planning, policy development, and renewable energy and hydrogen project and technology deployment in northern Europe, the delegation members returned committed to developing through PTP a first-ever regional blueprint for energy development based on energy efficiency, renewable energy development and CO2 capture and storage from coal. 

This Upper Midwest Energy Transition Roadmap in turn served as an impetus and template for Midwestern governors and the premier of Manitoba to expand upon in their 2007 adoption of ambitious energy and climate goals and priorities for the broader region.