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The Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is one of 50 communities across the country competing for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. Even more importantly, we’re dedicated to finding practical, community-driven solutions to our local energy issues.


Every community is different, and we need to address our own unique set of challenges and opportunties. To be honest, our challenges include our cold and snowy climate, our remoteness, and high cost of our energy relative to the average income. But our strengths include our small, connected community and our can-do attitude that allows us to overcome just about anything (around here, we call it sisu). Houghton County is unique in the competition for the Prize because we are truly a community-driven effort, and we hope to engage everyone.

  • Staying Warm in Winter
  • Connecting People to Services
  • Turning Information to Action
  • Energizing the Community