What if communities across the country came together, in the spirit of friendly competition, to significantly raise the bar on energy efficiency?
That’s where the Georgetown University Energy Prize comes in. This multi -year, $5 million prize was born of a mission to tap the imagination, creativity, and spirit of competition between communities across the country to develop sustainable energy-saving innovations.
Through this competition, communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities.
Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Communities will be judged in part on their ability to:
- Spur innovative approaches for communities to decrease their per-capita energy usage;
- Highlight best practices for communities working with utilities, businesses, and their local governments to create and implement inventive plans for sustained energy efficiency;
- Educate the public and engage students in energy efficiency issues including methods, benefits, and the environmental costs of the full fuel cycle;
- Increase the visibility of Georgetown University and competition sponsors who are working to facilitate new and creative approaches to energy efficiency.
A city, town or county need not finish first in the Georgetown University Energy Prize in order to win. Every competing community that demonstrates energy savings over previous years will be winners—providing benefits to members of the community not only today, but for future generations as well.
To find out if your community is eligible to apply for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, click here
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To learn more about the rules for competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize:
Please note that we are actively seeking public comment on the competition guidelines. These preliminary rules were developed with close input from our advisors over the last 18 months and will not be considered final until the competition officially launches in early 2014.
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so we can improve or modify these rules as needed.
Timeline and PRIZE STAGES
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STAGE 1: Febrary - April, 2014 - Applications: Using a template provided by GUEP, communities will submit basic applications. After a review by Prize Judges, all credible applications from eligible communities will be accepted as Quarterfinalists and invited to compete in Stage 2 by submitting detailed plans.
STAGE 2: April - July, 2014 - Quarterfinalist Energy Efficiency Program Plans: Based on an outline provided by GUEP, Quarterfinalists will each submit a detailed Plan for their community’s energy-saving program. These should be long-term Plans, with commitments by residential associations, governments, institutions, or businesses in the community to policies and projects that will yield continual improvement. Optionally, along with their Program Plan, communities may submit a separate proposal for seed funding – for example, to support a “community energy manager” who will coordinate and help execute the community’s energy-saving efforts.
STAGE 3: August 2014 - August 2016 - Semifinalist Performance Competition: the Semifinalists will compete for 2 years to reduce their utility-supplied energy consumption per capita in a manner that is likely to yield continuing improvements within their own community and replication in other communities. For purposes of this prize, community energy consumption measurements are restricted to energy supplied by gas and electric utilities directly to all residential and municipal customers.
STAGE 4: August - December, 2016 - Finalist Selection, Judging and Awards: up to 10 Finalists will be selected based primarily on energy-saving performance during Stage 3. These Finalists will be invited to submit Final Reports covering relevant aspects of the community’s plan, performance, and future prospects. The Judging Panel will score the final reports in specific, weighted categories and select the winners based on a combination of the scores from Stage 3 performance and Stage 5 judging of the Final Reports.