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Opportunities to Increase Small Business Engagement on Energy

December 11, 2018 in Communities, Efficiency Authors: Jordana Palmer, Matt Kazinka, Trevor Drake

In 2014, we wrote about “A New Approach to Small Business Energy Efficiency,” in which we described the unique barriers—time, knowledge, and trust—that small businesses face in identifying and enacting energy efficiency improvements. We proposed that the best solution may not be a technological one, but a social one—partnering with individuals who have existing relationships with small businesses in their community and training them as “energy coaches” who can provide the commitment, information, and trust that resource-limited business owners require. Continue reading »

Powering the Future in Rural Minnesota: Assessing Views of Solar Energy as a Local Resource

December 7, 2018 in Communities Authors: Brian Ross, Jenna Greene

Like many parts of the US, communities in rural Minnesota are experiencing growing interest among residents and businesses in development of an untapped, local economic resource: solar energy. To help communities understand and plan for development of solar resources, the Great Plains Institute has engaged local leaders to identify key gaps in information, challenges, and opportunities associated with such development. Continue reading »

Cities Need Forecasted Data to Make Impactful Emissions Reductions

December 6, 2018 in Communities Author: Abby Finis

Cities have a greater ability than they realize to bend the emissions curve toward a low-carbon future. From zoning, to line-items in the city budget, to projects included in a capital improvement program; there are touchpoints in the regulatory, policy, and planning authority of local governments that can be leveraged to ­influence carbon emissions within their jurisdictions. Continue reading »

Event: Looking Ahead – Big Challenges in 2019, an Expert Stakeholder Workshop for States & Stakeholders in the PJM Region

December 5, 2018 in Carbon Management Author: Jennifer Christensen

US Capitol

The Great Plains Institute and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions are hosting an expert workshop on December 13 in Washington, D.C. for state officials and stakeholders exploring recent energy and environmental policy developments in the PJM region and the potential challenges in 2019.

Registration for the workshop is now closed. You can view a webcast of the event below beginning at 9:30 A.M. (EST) on December 13.

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Enabling Local Action on Energy Goals through Engagement on State Policy

November 29, 2018 in Communities Author: Jenna Greene

Local governments of all sizes are setting energy goals across Minnesota. They see the rapid advancements in technology and the economic benefits that come with renewable energy and electrification of transportation. Yet when it comes to implementation, communities regularly face barriers to enact the programs and projects that will help them achieve their goals. Continue reading »

Governors’ Partnership for Carbon Capture Releases Letter in Support of USE IT Act

November 19, 2018 in Carbon Management Author: Patrice Lahlum

A recently formed governors’ group aimed at advancing the development and deployment of carbon capture projects and CO2 pipeline infrastructure across the United States sent a letter to Congressional leaders today urging passage this year of the bipartisan Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, S. 2602. Continue reading »

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