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Community Partnerships Accelerate Electric Vehicle Charging in Minnesota

August 11, 2020 in Communities, Transportation & Fuels Author: Diana McKeown

Last summer, the Great Plains Institute facilitated a project to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) through public EV charging installations in the Minnesota cities of Shoreview and White Bear Lake in partnership with employees from Cummins Inc. Both communities host Cummins facilities and were excited to collaborate on EV chargers as part of their work to advance sustainability. Cummins was looking for a project to advance sustainability in the communities where they have facilities and where many of their local employees live. The EV project demonstrated the value of partnerships in making progress on community sustainability efforts. Continue reading »

Webinar: Preparing to Plan for Climate Change—What Tools Do We Need for Local Governments?

August 10, 2020 in Communities Author: Jessi Wyatt

Columbus Ohio picturedResults from a national survey of planning practitioners provide insight into the types of tools and templates that local governments need to see progress on climate action. The Great Plains Institute collaborated with American Planning Association (APA) divisions on an in-depth survey that identified opportunities to support cities on climate action—from climate goals to implementation. We recently presented the survey results during two APA webinars with our association colleagues (video recording and slides available below). Continue reading »

Webinar: Analysis of Transport Infrastructure Shows Near-Term Carbon Capture and Storage Potential

July 30, 2020 in Carbon Management Author: Lauren Schultz

On July 20, the Great Plains Institute and Regional Carbon Capture Deployment Initiative hosted a webinar on the white paper, Transport Infrastructure for Carbon Capture and Storage: Regional Infrastructure for Midcentury Decarbonization. This report highlights the scale and design of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and transport infrastructure needed to meet US midcentury climate goals in the industrial and power sectors. The two-year modeling effort identified 418 industrial and power facilities throughout the US that can feasibly capture 360 million metric tons of CO2 per year at a relatively low cost. Continue reading »

Transportation Electrification Collaborative Sends Economic Recovery Recommendations to Congress

July 24, 2020 in Transportation & Fuels Author: Brendan Jordan

Members of the Midcontinent Transportation Electrification Collaborative (MTEC) this week sent a letter to Congressional leaders outlining a suite of recommendations for how clean transportation investments can support economic recovery, job creation, and provide environmental and public health benefits. Facilitated by GPI, MTEC works to increase electric vehicle (EV) use, build infrastructure to support EV travel, decarbonize the transportation sector, and improve air quality and electric system efficiency. MTEC is composed of representatives from state government, electric utilities and cooperatives, charging companies, and environmental organizations. You can read the collaborative’s full letter below.

July 23, 2020

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, D.C.  20510
The Honorable Chuck Schumer
Minority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20510
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20510

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Regional Industrial Initiative Releases Federal Policy Recommendations for U.S. Economic Recovery and Long-Term Emissions Reductions in American Industry

July 23, 2020 in Carbon Management, News & Press Authors: Brad Crabtree, Jill Rook, Patrice Lahlum

(Washington, D.C.) – The Industrial Innovation Initiative, an ambitious coalition of key industrial and power companies, environmental organizations, and state officials from Midwestern and Gulf Coast states focused on decarbonization solutions for the region’s most important industrial sectors, submitted recommendations to Congress today outlining measures for consideration in COVID-19-related federal economic recovery legislation. Continue reading »

Together, We Can Achieve a Zero-Carbon Economy

July 7, 2020 in Together Author: Morgan Zehner

better energy togetherJune was a busy month for GPI’s development team. As the month ended, so did our Together fundraising campaign. I would like to thank everyone, from across the country, who contributed to the six-week campaign to support our nation’s transformation to a zero-carbon economy. I’d also like to thank our longtime partner, Madison Gas and Electric, that generously matched each and every donation to help our donors double their impact on our mission to transform the energy system. Continue reading »

Solar, with Benefits! (Or, the Co-Benefits Approach to Solar Development)

July 6, 2020 in Communities, Electricity Author: Brian Ross

Solar energy is not only important to reaching a zero-carbon energy system—solar projects can, with appropriate siting and design, also deliver many benefits to local communities where projects are sited. Deploying the level of solar needed to decarbonize our economy will require addressing siting and regulatory processes which are increasingly a barrier to solar project development. The Great Plains Institute is fostering a new paradigm in the deployment of community- and utility-scale solar development; what we call the co-benefits approach to solar. We’re working with state, regional, and national partners to identify how energy development can both help solve the climate crisis and deliver local benefits to the host community. Continue reading »

GPI Launches Survey on Standby Rates Best Practices for Combined Heat and Power

July 1, 2020 in Efficiency Author: Jamie Scripps

Hands, working on a computerThe Great Plains Institute is launching a survey requesting feedback on best practices in standby rates for combined heat and power (CHP). According to Lola Schoenrich, vice president of communities at GPI, “Best practices for standby rates have begun to emerge, but we need to further define and standardize these practices. The purpose of this survey is to begin to critically examine these emerging recommended practices with interested stakeholders such as regulators, potential CHP users, developers, technical experts, and utilities.” Continue reading »

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