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Transportation & Fuels

The U.S. now produces more greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector than from electric power production.

The goal is decarbonization of the transportation system through electrification and development of zero-or-negative-carbon, bio-based fuels, synthetic fuels, low carbon oil, and renewable chemicals. Through coalition building and outreach we will enable consumers to make smarter choices about the products they purchase, from the car in their garage to the cleaners under their sink. We will add value to the U.S. economy by producing zero carbon biofuels from agriculture, forestry, and organic waste. We will increase U.S. energy security by decarbonizing and increasing domestic oil production through enhanced oil recovery.


State level and regional work in many states, primarily in the Midwest.

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Our Goals

Over the next three years, our goals are to:

  • Dramatically increase electric vehicle adoption in every appropriate category (e.g. light duty vehicles, buses, trucks).
  • Foster commercial deployment of low carbon fuels including cellulosic ethanol, renewable natural gas (via digestion or gasification), carbon-negative fuels (biomass/fossil + carbon capture), synthetic fuels from CO₂, and low-carbon oil.
  • Continue to highlight the economic opportunities of moving to lower carbon fuels, including opportunities for the forest products industry and agriculture.
  • Work collaboratively with the ethanol industry to steadily ratchet down the carbon intensity of corn ethanol through technology investments that add economic value while reducing emissions. Take advantage of the existing ethanol fleet to deploy innovative new technologies.
Our Transportation & Fuels Experts

Have questions? Get in touch with one of our transportation and fuels experts.

Brendan Jordan

Brendan Jordan
Vice President

Dane McFarlane

Dane McFarlane
Director of Research

Katelyn Bocklund
Program Manager

Reports & Related Materials
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White Paper: Electric Vehicles Have Potential to Transform the Grid with Previously Unrealized Benefits in the Midcontinent

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Capturing and Utilizing CO2 from Ethanol: Adding Economic Value and Jobs to Rural Economies and Communities While Reducing Emissions

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Analytical Whitepaper: How Demand Charges Impact Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Infrastructure

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Our Outreach

Making low and zero emissions transportation and fuels a reality in Minnesota


Drive Electric Minnesota

Facilitated by Great Plains Institute, Drive Electric Minnesota is a partnership of Minnesota’s electric vehicle (EV) champions, dedicated to encouraging the deployment of EVs and the establishment of EV charging infrastructure through public-private partnerships, financial incentives, education, technical support and public policy. We believe EVs are an important component of energy efficiency and cleaner transportation in Minnesota that is both financially and environmentally sustainable. Advancing EV deployment will have many benefits to Minnesotans, including reduced transportation costs, cleaner air, and energy independence.

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Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota

By bringing together all the parts and players of the Bioeconomy, the Bioeconomy Coalition of MN will grow the industry and make MN known worldwide as THE PLACE to grow the Bioeconomy.

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