The San Juan Islands have been selected to advance to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that challenges us, along with other small- and medium-sized communities to develop and implement creative, sustainable, and replicable strategies to save energy.

Our commitment to engage our local islands community in implementing an Islands Energy Plan to empower us for a resilient future has put us in the running against leading small- and medium-sized communities across the county.

The San Juan Islands Conservation District will work together with Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO), the Bonneville Power Authority, Islands Energy, the Energy Leadership Team, local government officials and island residents, over the next two years with to implement our energy-saving plan that will not only deliver financial benefits to residents, but will also help ensure the long-term sustainability of our community. Most importantly, we will develop new approaches that other communities can replicate—so that we can all do our part to secure our nation’s energy future.

In competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, the San Juan Island Energy Plan intends to focus improvements on:

• Reducing our energy use and becoming more energy efficient; expanding our local renewable energy generation; reducing our carbon footprint by promoting electric vehicle use, reducing transportation needs for food and waste and promoting local food and goods.

Stay tuned for more details on the Prize, upcoming San Juan Islands Energy Plan actions and events and to learn how you can support our efforts. In the meantime, please stay connected with us through our website and Facebook page

We are excited to get underway in the competition and we look forward to elevating the San Juan Islands as a national leader of energy efficiency.  You can read the plan here: San Juan Islands Energy Plan 12 18 14

For questions about the Islands Energy Plan, the Prize or if you would like to get involved in the effort, please contact Kari Koski at 378-6621 or energy at

About the Georgetown University Energy Prize
The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a multi-million dollar competition that is challenging small- to medium-size towns, cities, and counties to work together with their local governments, residents, utilities, and others to achieve innovative, replicable, scalable and continual reductions in the per account energy consumption of gas and electricity.

Currently, a select group of communities are leading the way by bringing together their local governments, residents, utilities, and to demonstrate success in reducing energy consumption over a two-year period.

The Semifinalist communities hail from 27 states acrossthe U.S.–from Alaska to Florida, from Vermont to Alabama, from California to Tennessee, and everywhere in between. Not only do these communities come from across the map, they come from across the political spectrum, represent all socioeconomic strata, and include demographically diverse populations.


Every community participating is working toward one goal: to develop innovative, replicable new approaches to community-wide energy efficiency.
Only one community will bring home the Prize, but every community will win. Based on their own projections, individual communities anticipate that they will save $10 million or more by the end of the competition. Nationally, the 50 participating communities are on pace to save over $200 million and over 3.8 billion metric tons of CO2 per year.

While the Prize participants are engaged in a friendly competition, communities across the country are collaborating with one another to advance energy efficiency for all.

August Press Release San Juan Islands Georgetown University Energy Prize Selects Competitors to Advance to the Quarterfinals
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 7, 2014) – San Juan County ENERGY PRIZE PRESS RELEASE 8-2014


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Contact Information

Mailing Address: PO BOX 1728, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Physical Address: 530 Guard Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Telephone: 360-378-6621


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