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 »

Midcontinent Industrial Emissions Present Challenge & Opportunity

May 12, 2020 in Carbon Management Author: Jill Rook

An industrial facilityIndustry is the third highest-emitting sector in the US economy and has less obvious carbon reduction pathways in comparison to electricity and transportation, where the vast majority of decarbonization discussions have focused. This post introduces the current landscape of emissions in the US industrial heartland, the Midcontinent region, to inform discussions of carbon reduction pathways. While industry poses a challenge for decarbonization given its diversity of subsectors, unique emissions sources, and complex solution sets, it also holds a high potential for low-cost strategies, opportunities for collaboration between subsectors, and could drive investment in innovative decarbonization technologies. Continue reading »

GPI Hosts US Delegation on Steel & Carbon Capture to United Arab Emirates, Belgium, and Netherlands

November 13, 2019 in Carbon Management Author: Jill Rook

A group portrait of the delegation

Representatives of US industry, labor unions, state and federal officials, environmental and clean energy NGOs, and philanthropy joined the Great Plains Institute (GPI) in September 2019 on an American public and private delegation to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Belgium, and the Netherlands to explore carbon capture in steel production and see leading commercial-scale examples overseas of carbon capture and utilization projects in operation and under construction. Continue reading »

Major Announcements and Action Typify this Year’s CO2NNECT Conference

July 2, 2019 in Carbon Management Authors: Jill Rook, Patrice Lahlum

Heidi Heitkamp holding the Carbon Capture Blueprint

Leaders and stakeholders who are catalyzing carbon capture, storage, utilization, and removal efforts in the US recently gathered in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Now in its second year, the CO2NNECT Conference, hosted by the Great Plains Institute (GPI), focused on what deliberate and strategic actions are needed for carbon capture, storage, removal, and utilization to reach its full potential as a national energy, jobs, and emissions reduction solution. Continue reading »

2019 EV Summit: Electrifying Transportation in the Midcontinent

December 19, 2018 in News & Press, Transportation & Fuels Authors: Brendan Jordan, Jill Rook

Chicago, over the lake

Electric vehicles (EVs) are an essential part of the effort to decarbonize the transportation sector—and the energy system as a whole—by midcentury. When combined with a decarbonized electricity sector, EVs can contribute to rapid decarbonization of transportation while bringing many other economic and public health benefits.

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Unique collaborative shares guidance on how utilities can increase EV adoption and infrastructure

May 7, 2018 in Electricity, Transportation & Fuels Authors: Brendan Jordan, Jill Rook

An electric vehicle charging

Electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to become an ever-increasing part of the Midcontinent region’s transportation mix. As the demand and utilization of EVs increases, so does the EV-specific demand for electricity, raising many important questions for electric utilities and state and local policymakers. Continue reading »

Workshop Focuses on Energy Policy Trends in America’s Heartland

December 22, 2017 in Efficiency Authors: Doug Scott, Jill Rook

People

Important issues in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) were the focus of “Powering the Plains and Beyond: Energy Policy in America’s Heartland,” a workshop held in Austin, TX on December 11, 2017. Organized by the Great Plains Institute, this workshop gathered panels of experts to examine energy development and trends within the fourteen states in the SPP footprint and the potential expansion of SPP in the future. Continue reading »

Workshop Announced! Powering the Plains and Beyond: Energy Policy in America’s Heartland

November 12, 2017 in Electricity Author: Jill Rook

The Great Plains Institute is excited to announce a one-day workshop to be held in Austin, Texas on December 11, 2017. “Powering the Plains and Beyond: Energy Policy in America’s Heartland” will bring together experts, state officials, and stakeholders from across the Plains and beyond to explore energy developments and trends in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) region. Continue reading »