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Communities can compete for $5 million prize for energy efficiency in upcoming competition

From the September 20, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published September 20, 2013

The Energy Department and Georgetown University have agreed to collaborate on the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a competition to encourage innovative, replicable and scalable approaches to reducing energy use in communities across the United States. Beginning in February 2014, U.S. municipalities ranging in population from 5,000-250,000 residents will be eligible to compete for the prize by reducing their energy use. Participating communities must develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability during a two-year period.

The winning community will receive $5 million provided by private sponsors, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Although only one community will win the Georgetown University Energy Prize, each participating community will benefit from access to financial and technical resources, DOE said. Organizers have designed the competition to create pathways toward achieving greater efficiency in homes and municipal buildings across the country.

Interested parties are invited to learn more about the Georgetown Energy Prize at its website ( or on Twitter (@guenergyprize), and register their communities in advance of the formal launch in February. Communities are encouraged to submit a non-binding letter of intent as soon as possible. 



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