The City of Madison Advances to Semifinal Round in a $5 Million Incentive Competition
The City of Madison has officially advanced to the semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP), a $5 million incentive competition to reduce America’s energy consumption and rethink energy usage. At a press event on January 14, in Washington, D.C., the City of Madison was announced as one of the communities who are leading the way on energy efficiency.
"Madison has a long history as a sustainable city; beginning in the 1960s with newspaper recycling in the 70’s with record transit ridership, in the 80’s with growing bike ridership, the 90’s with our overall high recycling rates followed by the commitment to renewable energy," said Mayor Soglin. "Becoming a Semifinalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize Competition in a wonderful honor. Congratulations to our citizens, city staff, and elected officials who got us this far."
The City of Madison is one of 50 select cities and counties who will be competing through 2016 to reduce their energy consumption and are vying to make it into the Finalist round in 2017.
Dr. Slakey, a Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy at Georgetown University who specializes in energy and security policy, remarked that, “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 competition looks truly like America," said Dr. Slakey, "Not only do these communities come from across the map, they come from across the political spectrum, represent all socioeconomic strata, and include demographically diverse populations. Some are paying the highest prices for energy; some have the ambition to be carbon net-zero, but all communities share the goal of transforming America's energy future."
Over the next year, Madison officials plan to fine tune energy efficiency plans, and will continue to reach out to a broad group of stakeholders to gather the best ideas to reduce energy and carbon emissions.