Aspen Energy Challenge
WHAT: Aspen is competing in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national
energy efficiency competition with a $5,000,000
prize that will be awarded to the top contender based on energy savings
and community involvement achieved through innovative and replicable programs.
Locally, this effort is referred to as the “Aspen Energy Challenge. The
prize money will be reinvested into the community.
WHO: The City of Aspen has partnered with
SourceGas, Holy Cross Energy, and Energy Smart Colorado at the Community Office
for Resource Efficiency to launch the Aspen Energy Challenge to lead Aspen’s
effort in the competition. Aspen is one of fifty communities competing. Click
here to find out what other communities are competing!
WHEN: From January, 2015 through the end of
2016, Aspen is competing by helping reduce electricity and natural gas
usage in homes, schools, and municipal buildings.
HOW: Aspen plans to compete for the grand
prize, and make the Aspen Energy Challenge a success by engaging various
segments of the community in clean energy programs that serve their specific
needs and opportunities.
WHY: Energy efficiency improvements empower
individuals to take control of their utility bills, make their homes, schools
or places of employment healthier and more comfortable, and reduce their
environmental impact. By making improvements, individuals are helping
themselves, and helping Aspen’s chances of winning $5,000,000 to be invested
back in the community.
In addition to improving Aspen’s chances of winning
the Prize, energy conservation efforts will help the City achieve its goal
of reducing Aspen’s greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2020, led by the Canary Initiative.