On occasion, Great Plains Institute (GPI) staff like to venture into the world of pop culture, especially when that pop culture has to do with our favorite topic—energy. Some GPI staff attended the recent film The Current War, which dives into the origins of our modern electric grid system and the inventors, investors, and engineers that made it happen. Two of our staff members shared some thoughts about that battle over who would create the modern electric grid and the critical work ahead to transform the grid for a low-carbon future.
New Incentive to Promote Electric Vehicles in MinnesotaNovember 1, 2019 in News & Press, Transportation & Fuels Author: Katelyn Bocklund
A new incentive aims to drive more electric vehicle (EV) ownership in Minnesota.
Starting November 1, 2019, residents who purchase or lease a new or used EV will receive a one-time credit of up to $250 for MnPASS, allowing them to drive in the express lane when traffic is heavy.
Over Half of Prospective Car Buyers in Minnesota Show Interest in Electric VehiclesOctober 24, 2019 in Transportation & Fuels Author: Katelyn Bocklund
A national survey conducted by Consumer Reports and the Union of Concerned Scientists finds widespread interest in electric vehicles among prospective car buyers in Minnesota. Continue reading »
GPI Welcomes Carly Gelderman to Transportation & Fuels ProgramApril 8, 2019 in Transportation & Fuels Author: Katelyn Bocklund
I’m pleased to welcome Carly Gelderman as a program assistant with GPI’s Transportation and Fuels Program. Carly will assist with meeting and event coordination, communications, stakeholder outreach, and supporting all areas of our work, including projects related to electric vehicles and biofuels. Continue reading »
GPI hosts GreenCorps member to work on electric vehicle readiness in Minnesota communitiesOctober 17, 2018 in News & Press Author: Katelyn Bocklund
We are fortunate to serve as a Minnesota GreenCorps host site for another year and to welcome Joe Cella, who is now serving as GPI’s GreenCorps member. Continue reading »
“Smart” Charging Electric Vehicles with Solar at the Greenway BuildingMay 25, 2018 in Transportation & Fuels Authors: Dane McFarlane, Katelyn Bocklund, Matt Prorok
Electricity systems are increasingly becoming interactive and dynamic, opening up opportunities for energy technologies to “talk” to each other and create numerous benefits for energy consumers (e.g., increased efficiency, lower costs, and reduced emissions). This opportunity is one that GPI and our partners are exploring through the combination of electric vehicles (EVs) and solar energy.
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Making Your City “EV-Ready”November 30, 2017 in Transportation & Fuels Authors: Brian Ross, Katelyn Bocklund
Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining traction among consumers, governments, and automakers as battery prices fall and the benefits of EVs increase. Within the last year, virtually every major automobile manufacturer has announced plans to transition to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. As cities look to capitalize on the opportunity that EVs can bring, from lower maintenance costs for consumers to better air quality for residents, they also must lay the groundwork for their communities to become ‘EV-ready’. Continue reading »
Utilities, Companies, and Local Governments Discuss Opportunities for Collaboration on EVs in MinnesotaNovember 20, 2017 in Transportation & Fuels Author: Katelyn Bocklund
Earlier this fall, the Great Plains Institute hosted our third annual Energy Innovation Celebration with a focus on “Solutions from the Ground Up.” Ahead of the big event, the Metro Clean Energy Resource Team, in collaboration with Drive Electric Minnesota, hosted a pre-workshop focused on electric vehicles (EVs). More importantly, the workshop invited conversations centered around collaboration among utilities, local governments, and corporations on how to increase EV adoption in Minnesota. While the workshop helped to confirm some things we already knew, it also brought forth new context from additional voices in the room. Continue reading »
Midcontinent Power Sector Collaborative Tours General Motors’ Battery LabNovember 18, 2017 in Transportation & Fuels Author: Katelyn Bocklund
As part of its September quarterly meeting, the Midcontinent Power Sector Collaborative (MPSC) had the unique opportunity to tour General Motors’ Battery Lab and learn about the power behind electric vehicles. Led by GM employee Douglas Drauch, the tour consisted of multiple stops including the Pack Lab, Cell & Module Lab, and Shaker Room. Continue reading »
Plug into Minnesota and Electrify Your Next Road Trip Up NorthOctober 4, 2017 in Transportation & Fuels Author: Katelyn Bocklund
Autumn is quickly underway in Minnesota, which means it’s the perfect time to head north and witness the spectacular fall colors along the North Shore of Lake Superior. And now, thanks to the addition of DC Fast Chargers between the Twin Cities and Tettegouche State Park, drivers of all electric vehicles (EVs), even those with lower ranges, can enjoy a Fall road trip along Minnesota’s new electric highway. Continue reading »