BG plant earns award for energy efficiency – BG Independent News


For the second time in almost a decade, Southeastern Container received Efficiency Smart’s
Ambassador of Energy Efficiency award. The award was presented to the company Tuesday in
recognition of its commitment and innovation in reducing energy use.

The company’s recent successful implementation of energy-efficient measures at its Bowlin
Green plant led to the award.

The company’s plant at 307 Industrial Parkway has worked with Efficiency Smart since 2013 to
reduce energy use and operational costs. During this time, the company has completed large-
scale LED and efficient industrial machinery and process upgrades.

Most recently, the company upgraded its injection molding and blow molding machines.

Efficiency Smart worked with the BG plant to secure the efficient equipment that saves 2.7
million kilowatt-hours of energy and more than $270,000 in electric savings for the Bowling
Green facility annually. That is the equivalent of powering 250 homes each year.

Southeastern Container’s cumulative savings since they began working with Efficiency Smart is
Expected to save 5.3 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually, $452,467 annually, and more
than $6.7 million over the lifetime of its installed upgrades. The energy savings over time are the
equivalent of the annual energy used by 480 homes.

Southeastern Container worked with an Efficiency Smart energy consultant and account
manager for technical project assistance and to verify potential savings. Additionally, Efficiency
Smart provided an incentive to reduce the cost of the upgrades. These resources were made
possible through a partnership between Efficiency Smart and the City of Bowling Green,
designed to save Bowling Green Municipal Utilities electric customers money through energy
efficiency.

“Bowling Green is committed to the success of its local industries and businesses,” said Bowling
Green Mayor Mike Aspacher. “Our community is also committed to the sustainability initiatives
demonstrated by this project. I look forward to continuing our successful partnership with
Southeastern Container and Efficiency Smart and applaud Southeastern Container’s
commitment to sustainable solutions like energy efficiency.”

Southeastern Container is a manufacturing cooperative that produces plastic bottles and pre-
forms primarily for Coca-Cola. Its mission is to be a leader in environmentally sustainable
packaging within the bottling community, a goal that aligns closely with Coca-Cola’s goal to
reduce its global greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2030.

“Southeastern Container’s continued investment in new equipment in Bowling Green is proof of
the relationship developed with Efficiency Smart and the City of Bowling Green toward achieving Coca Cola’s sustainability goals,” said Tyler Williams, plant engineer for Southeastern
Container.

“We are delighted to recognize Southeastern Container for making energy-efficient upgrades,”
said Sean Clement, director of Efficiency Smart. “These projects showcase its vision and
Commitment to reducing energy use and saving money, and the company will enjoy the benefits
of energy efficiency for years to come.”

The Ambassador of Energy Efficiency award recognizes entities that have completed
Significant energy efficiency projects. To be considered for the award, organizations must be an
electric customer of a utility that partners with Efficiency Smart and complete a project that
results in significant energy savings for the community.

Southeastern Container is the 40th recipient of the Ambassador of Energy Efficiency award
since its inception in 2013. Southeastern Container was the inaugural winner of the
Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award when it launched in 2013 and is the first company to
receive the award a second time.

More information about the services and financial incentives available to Bowling Green
Municipal Utilities electric customers through Efficiency Smart can be found at
www.efficiencysmart.org/bowling-green-ohio or by calling 877-889-3777.

Efficiency Smart helps residents, businesses and communities use less energy and save money
through energy efficiency services. Since its launch in 2011, it has served more than 60
communities in multiple states. Efficiency Smart was established by American Municipal Power
for the benefit of its member communities. It is administered under contract with VEIC.
Operations are based in Columbus, Ohio.

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