FORT COLLINS – The city of Fort Collins is one of 52 cities to advance to the next round in a Georgetown University energy-saving contest with a $5 million purse.
Fort Collins is among the small- to mid-sized communities advancing to the quarterfinals of the competition. The cities had to assemble a team, outline an energy-saving plan and secure a signed commitment of collaboration from local governments, electric and natural-gas utilities and a community-based organization.
Brighton and Aspen also advanced to the next round. The communities will fine-tune their energy efficiency plans in the next few months before going head-to-head beginning Jan. 1, 2015 to lead the way in energy efficiency. The prize will be awarded in 2017.
In the two years of the competition, the communities have the potential to save more than $1 billion in energy costs and cut millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions, according to Georgetown University.
The university seeks to identify ways the communities can save energy nationwide through the contest.