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Centre Co. man on a mission to gain support for national energy competition

By: Lauren Hensley

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.-- Michael Rybacki of Pleasant Gap is on a mission. He wants to bring attention to a nationwide competition that could mean a big payout for the State College region.

Well it is just something that I found out about and I think it would be great to tie the community together to work on energy reduction and ultimately energy independence, Rybacki said.

Rybacki spoke at the State College Borough Council meeting Monday night presenting the Georgetown University Energy Prize Competition.  He has been working with the Council of Government, which represents five townships and the Borough in Centre Region, to convince them to enter the competition. The executive committee has recommended they compete and a final vote will be held Monday.

So just what is this competition all about? According to its website "this multiyear, $5 million prize was born of a mission to tap the imagination, creativity, and spirit of competition between communities across the country to develop sustainable energy-saving innovations."

It could improve out lifestyle because there is a portion of everyone's income is spent on electric bills and the idea of energy autonomy is that someday we will have no energy bills so there would be a lot of freedom, Rybacki said.

Entry starts with a letter of intent that will come from the Council of Government. Then the competition is broken into four different stages spanning over three years. Finalists will be selected based primarily on energy-saving performance. The highest-ranking community will be awarded first place. Second and third place will also receive awards.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times