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Aspen selected as a semifinalist in $5 million Georgetown University energy prize

A team representing Aspen has advanced to the semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition focused on energy use.

For the next two years, Aspen will compete with 49 other semifinalists in the pursuit of achieving the greatest reductions in electricity and natural gas usage by residential, municipal and school district accounts.

The team, consisting of the city of Aspen, Holy Cross Energy, SourceGas and Energy Smart Colorado at the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, will seek community participation in existing energy efficiency programs and future programs.

"Aspen is honored to be a contender in the Georgetown University Energy Prize," Mayor Steve Skadron said. "The community has made great strides in efficiency to get to this point. This competition will inspire the city of Aspen to push even further, providing the public with more options to save energy, and solidifying Aspen's position as a leader in energy efficiency."

To celebrate the launch of the competition, the city is providing fifty free residential energy assessments for Aspen residents. The team will also engage property management companies and home owner associations to convey information on these energy saving programs to their clients and members.

Holy Cross Energy and Energy Smart Colorado at CORE are working with the Aspen School District to finalize a lighting efficiency and building control project. This project will be coupled with education on energy efficiency in the classroom, encouraging teachers and students to save energy at school and to educate their families on energy consumption at home.

"Working together, we will achieve a higher level of energy efficiency by leveraging our resources and providing clear options for energy users," executive director of CORE Mona Newton said. "Collaboration in a small community is an essential ingredient to reaching our energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals."

To learn more about the Georgetown University Energy Prize and to track the competition's progress, visit http://www.guep.org or follow the prize on Twitter (@GUEnergyPrize) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/guenergyprize).