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Bend Advances To Semifinals Of National Energy Saving Competition


Bend has made it to the semifinals in a national competition to save energy. The two year challenge is called the Georgetown University Energy Prize. A launch party to kick off the Bend Energy Challenge is Wednesday.

Bend is one of 50 communities around the country still in the running for a $5 million prize based on the city's reduced energy use.

The Environmental Center in Bend first learned of the competition in fall 2013. Since then, the city has been filing paperwork and constructing a plan on how to save energy.

Mike Riley is the Executive Director of the Environmental Center.

Riley: "We kind of stumbled upon the competition, honestly, and realized it was a really good fit with Bend's creative, entrepreneurial, competitive spirit. We have a lot that goes on here, competition wise, with sports and breweries that are competing to have the best beer and all this kind of stuff."

The competition focuses on homes and local government facilities saving energy. Riley plans to teach residents how to make their homes more energy efficient.

The launch party will be held Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:30 at the Community Room at the Bend Park and Recreation District.

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