In 2007, a bipartisan group of seven governors announced ground-breaking energy and climate agreements that would go on to shape the region’s energy system. Over a decade later, Wisconsin regulators recently approved the capstone transmission project, the last in a set of 17 “multi-value transmission projects” (MVPs) across the region representing $6.5 billion in investment that grew out of those original agreements. The MVP portfolio’s 17 projects will enable over 16 GW of wind generation to come online, delivering 52 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy throughout the MISO footprint through 2031. Put another way, without these lines, over 60 percent of the renewable energy needed to meet the region’s renewables goals through 2031 would have been curtailed. Continue reading »
Recent, bold actions by some of Minnesota’s largest companies, many of which have a national or global presence, reveal a lot about the expected reliability and cost-savings of an increasingly carbon-free electric system in the Midwest and the nation. Continue reading »
Get to Know Our New Director of Research, Dane McFarlaneFebruary 27, 2019 in News & Press Author: Rolf Nordstrom
Credible research and analysis have always been fundamental to achieving GPI’s mission of transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. Yet while many know GPI as a convener and consensus-builder among diverse interests, we also have rigorous research and analysis capability in-house. Continue reading »
GPI 20th Anniversary Leadership Interview Series: President and CEO Rolf NordstromDecember 28, 2018 in Carbon Management Authors: Jennifer Christensen, Rolf Nordstrom
Over the last year, GPI celebrated our 20th anniversary as an organization dedicated to transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. As GPI staff, partners, and supporters reflect on the progress we’ve made together and look ahead to future opportunities for even greater impact in 2019 and beyond, we’re sharing a Q&A series we’ve created with our CEO and program leadership team.
The Great Plains Institute Earns Gold Seal of TransparencyOctober 30, 2018 in News & Press Author: Rolf Nordstrom
I am pleased to share that the Great Plains Institute (GPI) has achieved the Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar!
Earning the Gold Seal places GPI in the top 0.5 percent of the 2.7 million organizations listed on GuideStar’s site, the largest source of information on nonprofits in the world.
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GPI’s Anniversary: Celebrating Milestones and Looking to the Future TogetherApril 19, 2018 in News & Press Author: Rolf Nordstrom
This year, the Great Plains Institute is thrilled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our founding as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. Looking back at our impact, I’m energized by the progress we’ve made and filled with a sense of possibility. Continue reading »
Welcome to GPI’s new and improved website!
Whether you’re a longtime supporter of our work or only know a little about GPI, we hope you enjoy our new look and more user-friendly design. Continue reading »
Cummins Global Energy Ventures Director Joins GPI Board of DirectorsFebruary 15, 2018 in News & Press Author: Rolf Nordstrom
Satish Jayaram, director of Cummins Global Energy Ventures, has joined the Great Plains Institute’s (GPI’s) board of directors. Continue reading »
Great River Energy VP Joins Great Plains Institute BoardFebruary 14, 2018 in News & Press Author: Rolf Nordstrom
Priti Patel, Great River Energy’s vice president and chief transmission officer, has joined the Great Plains Institute’s (GPI’s) board of directors. Continue reading »
GPI Welcomes Gail Nosek as Communications DirectorJanuary 19, 2018 in News & Press Author: Rolf Nordstrom
I am thrilled to welcome Gail Nosek as the Great Plains Institute’s (GPI) communications director. Gail brings significant strategic communications, public relations, social media, and multi-media journalism experience that makes her an excellent fit to lead GPI’s communications as we celebrate our 20th anniversary and look to our next 20 years of transforming the energy system. Continue reading »