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A Community Campaign to Save Energy and Win the $5 Million GU Energy Prize

(User-friendly URL: This webpage can be reached at www.charlottesville.org/energizecharlottesville)

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The Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) competition has invited the City of Charlottesville to submit a local energy savings plan proposal for consideration at the beginning of November 2014. Charlottesville is one of 52 communities invited to submit plan proposals. Based on review of the proposals, the GUEP will select communities to invite to compete, beginning January 2015.

The GUEP requires a coordinated, cooperative effort between the municipality, local electricity and gas providers, and the community. As such and in accordance with the Council briefing in March 2014, staff has been coordinating with a host of community partners to develop a core plan concept and strategy, called Energize!Charlottesville, to propose to the larger community and Council for comment and review. For more information and to provide feedback, visit the campaign website:


The efforts necessary to compete in the GUEP align with activities in the City’s Climate Protection Program and aim to achieve results identified in the Comprehensive Plan related to increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with our community's energy use, the improvement of building stock, and increased affordability of housing.

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