Duluth Named Semifinalist in National Energy Saving Contest

Briggs LeSavage

January 14, 2015 09:51 PM

Duluth has been named a semifinalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize contest that will award one of 50 cities $5 million dollars for efficient energy saving. 

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The announcement was made in Washington D.C. Wednesday morning, but the contest runs for two years. Duluth Mayor Don Ness said it'll take all of the city's help to win.

"There's so much that we can do in terms of our environmental sustainability and looking at energy issues just by reducing the amount that we waste," Ness said. 

City leaders said one of the first steps in this "Dash for the Cash" is having Duluth homeowners take energy saving measures in their home. They laid out five steps for residents to take that should save them about 5 percent on their energy bill, and eventually lead Duluth to the $5 million prize.

They're asking resident to plugs items in only when they're needed, keep things such as vents and refrigerators fans clean, dry your clothes on a line outside, wash your clothes in cold water, adjust the settings on your thermostat, and plug in appliances to Smart Power Strips.

Ness said there are ways the city can lend a hand, too. He pointed to replacing the city's district heating system and converting street lights to LED bulbs. 

Officials said the contest will look at energy savings over two years and compare those numbers and techniques to the 50 other semifinalist cities. 

The $5 million dollars would be put toward different energy purposes in the winning city. They expect to have a winner by June 2017. 


Briggs LeSavage

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