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August 07, 2002

San Diego Wins U.S. Competition for its Regional Energy Plan

The San Diego Regional Energy Office won the U.S. Competition for Metropolitan Energy Design in late July. The city's winning energy plan focuses on a region-wide planning process and a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive assessment of the region's gas and electric energy infrastructure. Energy self-reliance was the overall goal for the city's planning process, which began with a focus on conservation and efficiency strategies to reduce the demand for energy, and then addressed the role of distributed generation technologies such as solar and fuel cells. In addition, the plan highlights a variety of clean transportation strategies and energy efficient land use plans to reduce energy-related emissions, curb urban sprawl, and revitalize the region's commercial centers. The Gas Technologies Institute (GTI) sponsored the competition with support from DOE.

The energy plan will now serve as the official U.S. entry to the International Competition for Sustainable Urban System Design, competing against entries from seven other countries. The winning plan will be announced at an international conference on sustainable urban design in Tokyo, Japan, in June 2003. See the GTI press release.

Feeling left out? There's an upcoming opportunity to learn from the winners: As a culmination of the competition, GTI is also sponsoring the first-ever conference devoted exclusively to sustainable metropolitan energy planning. "Energizing America's Cities: Developing Sustainable Energy Solutions," will be held September 19th and 20th in Chicago. See the conference Web site.