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City of Brighton, Adams County, United Power, Xcel Energy Announces Intent to Compete in$5 Million Georgetown University Energy Prize

~The City of Brighton joins communities across the nation in race to become more energy efficient~

Today, the City of Brighton took an important step toward improving its energy standing by signaling its intent to compete for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that aims to dramatically improve America’s energy standing by challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press conference in Washington, D.C. today, the City of Brighton was announced as one of more than 50 communities who have signed letters of intent to compete for the Prize.

“We are excited to work with our community partners to develop a plan that will allow the City of Brighton to rethink how we do things and focus our efforts on becoming more energy efficient in the future,” said Brighton Mayor Dick McLean. “This is a forward-thinking initiative and we are honored to have been selected to compete.”

With today’s press conference, the Georgetown University Energy Prize’s Application Phase is now officially open for the nearly 9,000 eligible U.S. communities with a population between 5,000 and 250,000. During this Application Phase, the City of Brighton will work closely with United Power, Xcel Energy, Adams County Office of Sustainability, and local energy efficiency experts to develop an energy-saving plan before June 30, 2014.

“The city of Brighton continually focuses on fostering a community engaged, energy efficient city which strives to bring innovative and sustainable infrastructure, programs, and businesses to city. As our efforts continue, we hope to lead the region in energy efficiency and sustainable community engagement,” said Brighton City Manager Manuel Esquibel. 

Once the City of Brighton’s plan has been submitted, it will be evaluated against applications from other interested communities and considered for potential advancement to the Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals. The Prize will conclude in 2017, when one winning community is awarded a $5 million prize purse for use on energy efficiency programs that help ensure the continued implementation of its long-term energy-saving plan.

“Many homes, schools, businesses, governments, and individuals have already begun to do their part in reducing energy consumption—but it’s not enough,” said Dr. Francis Slakey, Executive Director of the Georgetown University Energy Prize. “In order to fully realize the benefits of energy efficiency initiatives, we must commit to addressing our national energy problem together, one community at a time.”

As an electric cooperative, United Power believes in acting on the best interests of our members. Finding ways to reduce their energy consumption and building on community sustainability efforts directly follow our vision for Brighton’s future,” said United Power Community Affairs Coordinator Tom Green.

To learn more about the Georgetown University Energy Prize and to track the competition’s progress, visit, or follow the Prize on Twitter (@GUEnergyPrize) or Facebook (

For more information about the City of Brighton’s efforts and ways you can get involved, please visit or contact Murphy Robinson at 303-655-2000.

About Brighton, Colorado

Founded in 1887, Brighton, Colorado is located 20 miles northeast of downtown Denver and is home to a diverse population of approximately 35,000 residents. To learn more about Brighton, visit

About Georgetown University Energy Prize

The $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize challenges small- to medium-size towns, cities, and counties to rethink their energy use, and implement creative strategies to increase efficiency. To compete for the Prize, local governments, residents, utilities, and others will need to work together to demonstrate success in sustainably reducing energy consumption over a two-year period. For more information, visit