The story: Corvallis is in the hunt for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, which will honor the community that does the best job of developing and implementing plans for reductions in per-capita energy use. The contest includes communities of between 5,000 and 250,000 people. Corvallis is 10th in the most recent rankings. Staying in the top 10 through the end of the year will keep the city in the running for the prize.
The latest: Sarah Spangler, coordinator of the city’s effort, said that the city has distributed 28,000 energy-efficient light bulbs, with 7,000 more still available. In addition, the Take Charge Corvallis group is working with local contractors on a heat pump water heater promotion that includes $1,200 in incentives with an additional $100 bonus for those who act by Dec. 31. Learn More