County makes quarterfinal cut in pursuit of $5M energy prize

San Juan County has been selected to advance to the quarterfinals of Georgetown University's Energy Prize, a $5 million incentive competition to reduce energy consumption.

“The enthusiasm in these communities is contagious,” said Dr. Francis Slakey, executive director of the Prize. “This is the first time so many governments, utilities, and community groups will be working together to reduce energy consumption.”

San Juan County is among a select group of only 52 small counties and medium-sized cities that have advanced to the competition's quarterfinal round.

“We are truly off to an excellent start” said County Councilman Bob Jarman, a member of the newly established Energy Leadership Team that includes leaders of the county, Town of Friday Harbor, Conservation District, OPALCO, school districts, ports, industry, and community organizations.

The San Juan County Energy Plan, a key component of the competition, is being developed in collaboration with the Energy Leadership Team and Islands Energy.

It's designed as a countywide plan that encompasses municipal buildings, school facilities, and residential energy use. Its goal is to reduce energy use, promote renewable energy, and keep electricity costs low. This effort, facilitated by the Conservation District, is sponsored by OPALCO.

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. To learn more about the competition or track its progress, visit, or follow the prize on Twitter (@GUEnergyPrize).


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