Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development Updated:02/2021

Throughout the last 20 years GPI cultivated and honed the roadmap for achieving a better energy system. By bringing the right people to the table, finding the best technologies, and stimulating the necessary markets we can:

  • Increase energy efficiency and productivity
  • Decarbonize electricity production
  • Electrify the economy and otherwise adopt zero- and low-carbon fuels
  • Capture carbon for beneficial use and permanent storage

At the Great Plains Institute, we work across 35 states

in five key parts of the energy system:

Carbon Management

We are leading regional and national efforts with government, industry, labor, and NGOs to achieve the economic, jobs, and environmental benefits of deploying carbon management technologies critical to reaching mid-century decarbonization goals.


Cities and communities are critical to creating a better energy system because collectively they are big enough to matter and small enough to make changes quickly. GPI’s programs are designed to assist communities in different ways with all the elements needed to drive change.


More than 50 percent of the energy produced in the United States is wasted somewhere along the line, from production and distribution to consumption. Our goal is to maximize economy-wide investment in energy efficiency.


We’re working to decarbonize the electricity sector by midcentury through transformative system change to energy markets and infrastructure, utility regulation, and by aligning financial incentives with this goal.

Transportation & Fuels

By creating fuels and chemicals from renewable sources while electrifying the transportation system we can reduce these emissions by 50-90 percent while also cutting the cost per mile.


Meet the GPI Team

GPI staff and consultants are noted energy experts working on solutions at the local, state, regional, and national levels that transform our energy system to benefit the economy and environment. Staff is available to speak at events and conferences. Please scan our team bios for more information on their specific areas of work, or contact us.



Contact Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development

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Contact Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development

Gail Nosek
Communications Director
2801 21st Ave S.
Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN  55407
Phone: (612) 278-7150

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Statewide service provider in:
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
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  • Indiana
  • Iowa
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  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
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