MONTPELIER – Montpelier advanced to the semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press event in Washington, D.C. Jan. 14, Montpelier was announced as one of the 50 communities who are leading the way on energy efficiency.
“Montpelier has set an ambitious goal to eliminate or offset fossil fuel use in the Capital City completely in 15 years,” said Montpelier Mayor John Hollar. “Supported by the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee, our goals will be reached as we come together as a community to change our energy use habits. The Georgetown University opportunity not only provides even more motivation to act but an opportunity to collaborate with two other Vermont communities to achieve our goals. We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and moving ahead.”
“The Net Zero Montpelier effort that underpins Montpelier’s interest in the energy prize is exciting and unique”, said Andrea Colnes, executive director of the Energy Action Network. “I believe we are one of the only cities in the country that has committed to getting all of the energy we use for transportation, heating and electricity from renewables and efficiency”.
Montpelier joins two other communities from Vermont in this friendly competition to improve energy efficiency for all. The South Burlington and Waterbury/Duxbury teams were also chosen for the semifinals.
From a press release