Fort Collins in Top Five in Georgetown Energy Competition, Winner TBA in December
Fort Collins ranks fifth in the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition after residents reduced overall energy use 5.4 percent – enough to power 9,800 homes for one year, Georgetown University announced Tuesday.
The community now advances with nine other cities to the final round of the national contest, which challenged small- and medium-sized cities and counties to reduce energy consumption and increase efficiency in 2015 and 2016.
Fort Collins is the only Colorado city to advance to the final round out of the 50 communities that originally competed for the $5 million prize package, which also included Colorado cities Brighton and Aspen. A winner will be named in December.
“The City of Fort Collins is honored that Georgetown University lists us among the most efficient communities in the country,” said Mayor Wade Troxell. “Cities can lead by example the scaling up of real solutions that make an impact both locally and globally. It makes financial, social and environmental sense for us to increase our energy efficiency and integrate our energy resources for a more resilient community.”
“The municipal organization is dedicated to leading by example as part of assisting the community in meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals,” said City Manager Darin Atteberry. “Our mission to provide exceptional service to an exceptional community includes a commitment to innovating how we provide City services and making the most efficient, sustainable choices possible.”
The City of Fort Collins named its two-year energy reduction campaign “Lose-A-Watt.” The community saved more than 160 billion BTUs of energy and reduced carbon emissions by 34,436 metric tons. The contest targeted electricity and natural gas use by residential and municipal and K-12 sectors.
Also advancing in the final round of the competition: Bellevue, Bellingham and Walla Walla, Wash.; Berkeley and Chula Vista, Calif.; Fargo, N.D.; Oberlin, Ohio; Montpelier, Vt.; and Takoma Park, Md.
In December, a panel of judges representing academia and industry will pick a winner based on energy performance and innovative practices over the two-year period.
“This is a national effort, so participants were encouraged to find solutions that were likely to yield continuing improvements within their own communities and also inspire replication in other communities,” said Energy Prize executive director Uwe Brandes, who if formerly Senior Vice President of the Urban Land Institute. “Fort Collins should be commended for their tremendous efforts and creative contributions to reduce energy consumption and innovate new best practices.”
Georgetown University’s data reflect electricity and natural gas usage for competing communities, as well as financial and carbon dioxide savings. More information on the Georgetown University Energy Prize and Fort Collins’ participation may be found at www.guep.org or www.lose-a-watt.com.