20140320-colabThe Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) University of Delaware Team — Job Taminiau, Kathleen Saul, Gordon Schweitzer (alum) and Sardar Mohazzam — has been awarded the Judges’ Choice for its proposal entitled “Democratic Finance: Energy Of the People, By the People, and For the People“. In their proposal, the CEEP Team is proposing a people-funded green energy revolution that reconnects people to energy and re-positions the US as a global leader.

The centerpiece of the proposal is the creation of a project-based investment platform for solar energy by the federal government that opens up existing rooftop real estate for the installation of people-funded PV systems. The reliance on democratic finance. Democratic finance, also known as ‘crowd-funding’ or ‘crowd-investment’, solicits the general public for capital thus allowing retail investors to participate for as little as $25. The team is currently leading the People’s Choice contest for the same category with over nearly 290 votes to the 2nd place MIT Team’s 112. The People’s Choice will be determined on Oct. 2, the last day for voting.

If you have not yet voted, please do so at:  http://climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300401/planId/1307119 [Once you click on “VOTE for the Proposal”, you need to register, if you have not previously done so — look for the phrase “Haven’t registered yet?” ]  Voting ends on October 2!

The selection of the CEEP Team to receive the Judges’ Choice means they will go to Washington DC to present their idea to the final panel of judges who will choose one winner from the winners of the 18 contests fielded in this Colab. Winning the People’s Choice will strengthen their hand in a keen competition for the WINNER of the 2014 MIT Climate Colab contest!

Brief Intro of MIT Climate Colab: 

Inspired by systems like Wikipedia and Linux, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence has developed this crowdsourcing platform where citizens work with experts and each other to create, analyze, and select detailed proposals for what to do about climate change.

About the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP)
Established in 1980 at the University of Delaware, the Center is a leading institution for interdisciplinary graduate education, research, and advocacy in energy and environmental policy. CEEP is led by Dr. John Byrne, Distinguished Professor of Energy Climate Policy at the University. For his contributions to Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1992, he shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Panel’s authors and review editors. The Center is composed of an internationally diverse faculty and research staff with backgrounds in a variety of disciplines including economics, sociology, geography, political science, philosophy, engineering, urban planning and environmental studies. CEEP’s student body is likewise a diverse cultural and intellectual community. Placing a premium on critical thinking and analysis, students at CEEP are addressing a wide spectrum of issues from climate change to energy transformation, environmental justice, indigenous rights, sustainable development and water equity. CEEP provides students with a range of opportunities to follow their own research interests within three degree programs.