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The City of Anacortes is advancing to the Semifinal round of the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use.

At a press event set for Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Monday, Anacortes will be announced as one of the communities who are leading the way on energy efficiency.

Anacortes Is planning an "Energy Fair" to klck-off its participation in the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) competition. The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 28th at the Northwest Educational Service District offices in Anacortes from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. There will be seminars, workshops and demonstrations on energy efficiency for the home.

Energy efficiency vendors will be available to answer questions and display their products. Community members are invited to come and learn about resources and incentives that are available to help them conserve energy and save money.

In news release, Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere stated, "I'm delighted··but not surprised··that Anacortes has made the semifinals. This community has repeatedly demonstrated its unswerving commitment to environmental stewardship and the GUEP competition is our opportunity to demonstrate that commitment to the whole nation.”

“Mayor Gere, as well as other mayors and executives across the county, have told us that this Prize gives them the momentum to accelerate their energy efficiency efforts,” said Dr. Francis Slakey, Founder and Executive Director of the Georgetown University Energy Prize. “These Semifinalist communities are leading the way for other small- and medium-size cities and counties to secure their energy efficient future”

Cascade Natural Gas and Puget Sound Energy will be very involved In this competition in provIding Anacortes usage data from their utility to the Georgetown University Energy Prize.

Monica Cowlishaw, Manager, Energy Efficiency & Community Outreach for Cascade Natural Gas stated: "The prize competition is an excellent opportunity for the local communities to embark on new innovative approaches to energy efficiency. increase overall awareness of energy use and engage in some healthy rivalries where everyone wins whether or not they are awarded the coveted $5 million at the end. It's a win-win when communities partner with the utilities to practice responsible environmental stewardship.”

Pinky Vargas, Efficiency Outreach Manager for Puget Sound Energy commented that: "Puget Sound Energy is very excited to be involved in the Georgetown University Energy Prize. It's a tremendous opportunity to work together with our communities to spotlight the growing importance of energy efficiency and how every person makes a difference; "What we do together now will affect generations to come”

Anacortes joins 5 other communities from the state of Washington in this friendly competition to improve energy efficiency for all.

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