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Who We Are

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The Great Plains Institute is an organization of leaders and experts dedicated to engaging and collaborating with people, organizations, and communities to craft nonpartisan, pragmatic energy solutions that benefit the economy and environment.

Our work is based in the relationships we’ve built over the last 20 years that result in more beneficial and durable outcomes.

Our Work

We combine our unique consensus-building approach with expert knowledge, research and analysis, and local action.

To achieve our mission, GPI works on solutions that strengthen communities and provide greater economic opportunity through creation of higher paying jobs, expansion of the nation’s industrial base, and greater domestic energy independence while eliminating carbon emissions.

GPI’s goals for transforming the energy system are to:

  • increase energy efficiency and productivity
  • decarbonize electricity production
  • electrify the economy and adopt zero- and low-carbon fuels
  • capture carbon for beneficial use and permanent storage

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Road Map to Decarbonization

Great Plains Institute created a series of road maps that show how a low-carbon future is possible using existing technologies. Developed through consensus by diverse stakeholder groups,  these road maps help guide industry and policymakers as they make decisions about low-carbon solutions that benefit the economy and environment. You can explore the road maps on electricity and transportation on our interactive website and check back for updates as we add chapters on decarbonizing buildings and industry.

Our work is based in the relationships we’ve built over the last 20 years that result in more beneficial and durable outcomes.

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We Focus on Five Major Areas of Work:

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Carbon Management

We are leading regional and national efforts with government, industry, labor, and NGOs to achieve the economic, jobs, and environmental benefits of deploying carbon management technologies critical to reaching mid-century decarbonization goals.

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Cities and communities are critical to creating a better energy system because collectively they are big enough to matter and small enough to make changes quickly. GPI’s programs are designed to assist communities in different ways with all the elements needed to drive change.

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More than 50% of the energy produced in the United States is wasted somewhere along the line, from production and distribution to consumption. Our goal is to maximize economy-wide investment in energy efficiency.

Our work in Efficiency →

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Modeling suggests that decarbonization requires cutting the energy intensity of the economy roughly in half. We’re working to decarbonize the electricity sector by midcentury through transformative system changes to energy markets and infrastructure, utility regulation, and by aligning financial incentives with this goal.

Our work in Electricity →

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Transportation & Fuels

By creating fuels and chemicals from renewable sources while simultaneously electrifying the transportation system we can reduce these emissions by 50-90% while also cutting the cost per mile.

Our work in Transportation and Fuels →

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