I am so excited that Bates County is a quarterfinalist for the Georgetown University Energy Prize! It is amazing to me that we were able to get such a dedicated group together in just a few weeks, and that dedication is what is going to help us continue on through this process. Below is the official press release from Georgetown University, so check it out! As always, feel free to call me with any questions or if you want to get involved. I will make sure to keep everybody updated as we continue on through this journey!
Bates County Missouri: Georgetown University Energy Prize Quarterfinalists
Bates County, Missouri was selected to advance to the Quarterfinalist round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP), a $5 million incentive competition to reduce America’s energy consumption. Fifty-two communities nationwide and only two in the state of Missouri were selected to continue in the competition. Bates County is proud to lead the state in progressive initiatives for energy efficiency.
A Bates County GUEP Team has been assembled and they have outlined a plan and secured signed commitments of collaboration from 10 different groups within the county, including county and city governments, electric and natural gas utilities, a local business, and a community group.
Elizabeth Ogg, the Bates County Economic Developer, is taking the lead on the GU Energy Prize Project. She stated, “This is a great opportunity for the county to become Quarterfinalists in a national competition like this one. With only 52 communities selected and just 1 of 2 Missouri communities to become quarterfinalists, this is a great honor. It is amazing to see such a diverse group come together for a great cause. I look forward to starting work on the next steps to become semifinalists.”
In total, over the two years of the GUEP competition, Bates County and its fellow participants have the potential to save more than $1 billion in total energy costs and cut millions of tons of CO2 emissions.
Dr. Francis Slakey, Executive Director of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, remarked, “The communities we selected are leaders in energy efficiency who will develop innovative approaches that will inspire and enable others to follow in their footsteps. The enthusiasm in these communities is contagious. This is the first time so many governments, utilities, and community groups will be working together to reduce energy consumption.”
Over the next few months Bates County will fine-tune its energy efficiency plan. They will be looking for input and participation from the community and will be reaching out to local organizations, schools and businesses to assist with the next phase of the competition. “If members of the community are interested in getting involved, I encourage them to contact me for more information,” said Ms. Ogg.
Follow Bates County’s progress during the competition on Twitter (@BatesCountyGUEP) and to learn
more about the Georgetown University Energy Prize, follow (@GUEnergyPrize).
About Georgetown University Energy Prize
The Georgetown University Energy Prize aims to rethink America’s energy use by harnessing the ingenuity and community spirit of towns and cities all across America. Over the course of a two-year period, the Prize will challenge small- to medium-size towns, cities, and counties to rethink their energy use, and implement creative strategies to increase efficiency. To compete for the Prize, local governments, residents, utilities, and others will need to work together to demonstrate success in sustainably reducing energy consumption. For more information, visit http://www.guep.org.