Communities Compete for Slam Dunks in Energy Savings

By Island Institute | Feb 01, 2013

As high school teams across Maine prepare for more action on the basketball court this month, students and teachers in 10 island and coastal communities are also getting ready for another type of tip-off: the Energy for ME Subpanel Slam. This competition, part of the Island Institute's Energy for ME energy-education program, is designed to build on a similar wave of enthusiasm and competitive spirit to encourage students to save energy in their schools. To raise the stakes, Energy for ME will be giving away $2,000 "eBucks" that the schools can redeem to make efficiency upgrades, as well as a trophy to the overall champion with the greatest energy reduction.

The Subpanel Slam, like last fall's Subpanel Showdown, will once again focus on one subpanel (a section of a participating school's electrical system, e.g., for the high school wing of the building) that is being monitored by an eMonitor at the school.   Students and teachers have worked with their school's facility manager to choose the subpanel with the greatest potential for energy savings so that - through behavior-change campaigns and adjustments to equipment and appliances - they can achieve a reduction in kilowatt-hours for the month of February.  Each school will win a percentage of the $2,000 eBucks up for grabs, based on the electricity saved on their selected subpanel.

The Energy for ME team will launch the Subpanel Slam at its Energy Quest webinar on Tuesday, February 5, at 7:00 p.m. The results of the competition will be announced during on March's Energy Quest on Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m.

Energy for ME is a multi-year energy education project funded through a competitive grant from the National Science Foundation to increase students' interest and proficiencies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  For more information about the 2013 Subpanel Slam, or any other aspect of the Energy for ME project and its focus on STEM education, please visit www.islandinstitute.org/energyforme or contact Brooks Winner, community energy associate at the Island Institute, at bwinner@islandinstitute.org or 207-594-9209 x148.

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