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April 30, 2014

National $5 Million Prize Offered for Community Energy Efficiency

Georgetown University on April 23 announced its new $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, and it already has 51 U.S. communities—from Alaska to Utah—signed up to compete in the Energy Department-supported event. This opens the prize’s application phase for some 9,000 eligible communities with populations between 5,000 and 250,000. The prize creates an incentive for municipalities and households to employ energy efficiency to reduce energy consumption over a two-year period.

Communities will work in partnership with their local governments, residents, and utilities. A committee of judges will evaluate competitors on a specific set of weighted objectives such as innovation, best practices, public education, and collaboration with schools.The application phase will be followed by quarterfinals and semifinals, and will conclude in 2017 when a $5 million prize purse will be awarded to one winner to implement its energy efficiency programs. Eligible communities have until June 30, 2014, to submit their applications. See the Georgetown University press releasePDF.