BG plant big on saving energy PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 09:39
Mark Frisco inspects 12 oz bottles at Southeastern Container. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green's Southeastern Container Inc. Wednesday became the inaugural recipient of Efficiency Smart's Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award.
The plant on Industrial Parkway, which manufactures plastic bottles for Coca Cola, was honored for its installation of a heat exchange unit that uses cold outside air to cool the industrial equipment in place of mechanical cooling from chillers.
Carl Andre, director of business development for Efficiency Smart, presented the award, along with a check for $88,000 that represents incentives for completing the project.
"Southeastern Container reduces electric consumption. This is good for Bowling Green, good for everyone. The city stays out of the spot power market as much as possible. It helps delay power plant construction and helps stabilize rates," Andre said.
Southeastern expects to avoid purchase of 1,685,600 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, resulting in an annual savings of $124,400 and a lifetime (project) cost savings of $1,865,900. Payback on the project is 4.5 years.
The annual carbon dioxide reduction into the atmosphere is 3,354,300 pounds, Andre said.
"This is both financial and green," Andre told Jill Inkrott, operations manager at the plant.
Southeastern General Manager John Johnson and Project Engineer Adam Brunella worked with Matt Rasey, of Poggemeyer Design Group, its next-door neighbor on Industrial Parkway, for engineering services. The Bowling Green plant is one of 10 Southeastern Container manufacturing locations in the United States.
"This speaks volumes about the cooperative spirit in Bowling Green," Mayor Richard Edwards said. "The industries, the Community Development Foundation, the city and the municipal utilities. There is a lot going on here and this sets the stage for more," Edward said about what he termed a "billion bottle operation."
"Southeastern Container operates under strict sustainability goals and continually strives to conserve energy," Inkrott said.
Brian O'Connell, BG's director of utilities, said Southeastern is one of the biggest customers of BG's municipal electric system. "Services through the Efficiency Smart program are available to residential, industrial and commercial customers."
Andre praised Bowling Green for being the first of 49 Efficiency Smart members to meet its three-year goal. "Bowling Green is well over 200 percent of its goal and there is a lot more work to do. There are a lot of projects being looked at here. Bowling Green also has 10 to 15 times more sustainable energy in its portfolio than other communities and is planning to add to that amount."
Efficiency Smart's services include rebates for energy-efficient residential products; free removal of old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers from homes; and rebates for more than 90 energy-efficient products and services for businesses. Efficiency Smart also offers technical assistance, account management services and customized financial incentives for large commercial and industrial customers.

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