PG&E Supports Northern California Cities in $5 Million Georgetown University Energy Efficiency CompetitionPG&E, January 14, 2015
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will provide technical support and up to $20,000 in funding for each of five cities within its service territory named as semifinalists in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a nationwide energy efficiency competition for small-to-midsized communities.
The five Northern California Communities – Berkeley, Davis, Fremont, San Mateo, Sunnyvale –were among the 50 cities nationwide selected as semifinalists for the two-year competition, which begins today. Palo Alto, which is served by a municipal utility, was also selected as a semifinalist.
PG&E funding will support residential energy efficiency efforts of each city’s choosing, including community outreach and low-income weatherization programs. The company will also supply community energy usage data for Georgetown University and the cities to track their progress throughout the competition.
“We are proud to have been an integral part of California’s leadership in energy efficiency for several decades,” said PG&E President Chris Johns. “We look forward to continuing to support local governments in the communities we serve as they work toward a cleaner energy future.”
PG&E participated in the program launch at Georgetown University and an event at the White House, and assisted with the development of the cities’ energy efficiency plans, a key component of the initial application.
The winner will be selected in 2017 on the basis of its efforts to develop innovative, replicable new approaches to community-wide energy efficiency and receive $5 million in funding to continue their efforts.