Letter to the editor | Eyes on the prize

March 28, 2014 

Monday marked a milestone day of encouragement toward energy independence.

The Centre Region Council of Governments unanimously voted to proceed with its letter of intent to enter our community into Georgetown University’s $5 million Energy Prize Competition, a 21/2-year process that continues with a formal application and quarterfinal stage, then culminates with the semi-finalist and finalist stages.

The winner will be announced in June 2017.

As a witness to the process from the beginning, I was amazed that it was only 19 days from the day it was introduced to the COG Public Services and Environmental Committee on March 5 until the day the letter was approved.

Pam Adams, COG regional refuse and recycling administrator, who has been doubling as an assistant to this process, attributed this quick turnaround to the letter’s nonbinding nature and to the unified effort to bring about change whose time has come: energy conservation.

Adams said that in addition to the council being well-informed prior to the final vote, the competition format itself provides impetus to enter into an actual planning phase of energy reduction where everyone in the community — especially individuals — can make an impact and enjoy the benefits of energy cost savings.

To learn more, go to www.guep.org.

Mike Rybacki, Pleasant Gap

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