GWINNETT GAB: Jackson EMC offers industrial energy, water assessment

Jackson EMC offers industrial energy, water assessment

JEFFERSON — Jackson Electric Membership Corporation is offering industrial members in its 10-county service area the opportunity to have a comprehensive energy and water use Industrial Energy Assessment, valued at $10,000 and up, at no charge.

Funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in cooperation with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, these assessments will bring together the expertise of Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance to help create a customized plan for each manufacturer selected.

Jackson EMC Director of Commercial/Industrial Marketing Lee Chapman said funds are limited and a limited number of participants will be selected to participate.

Industries selected will begin with an assessment where information about the facility, manufacturing processes, production data and energy and water consumption is gathered and analyzed. From that information, energy experts develop potential energy saving recommendations and a strategy for the next phase.

An assessment day at the plant follows, including a review of a typical day’s manufacturing process and operations, plant tour, brainstorming potential energy saving opportunities and gathering data through measurements, monitoring and diagnostic testing. At the end of the day, energy experts and plant management discuss initial findings.

Once the assessment is completed, the manufacturer will receive a report with a description of findings, recommendations and estimates to implement cost reduction measures. Follow-ups will help answer questions and track implementation.

Companies interested in having an Industrial Energy Assessment may go to www.jacksonemc.com/assessment to complete an application.

BJ’s collects 100,000 letters for troops

NORCROSS — BJ’s Wholesale Club, residents in Norcross and the nonprofit Operation Gratitude collected 108,816 letters for deployed troops throughout May in celebration of Military Appreciation Month.

The letters will be included in care packages distributed to individual U.S. service members through Operation Gratitude. BJ’s Charitable Foundation will also donate $50,000 to the nonprofit to help defray the cost of shipping care packages.

BJ’s challenged the communities in which it has clubs to write personal letters for deployed troops throughout May. BJ’s members, employees and local community organizations collected 71,031 letters, which includes 1,483 from the Norcross community, while Operation Gratitude volunteers contributed another 37,785.

Operation Gratitude is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that annually sends more than 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individual U.S. service members deployed in hostile regions.

Lawrenceville resident joins Berry College Board of Visitors

LAWRENCEVILLE — Lawrenceville resident Nona Sparks Patterson, a 1958 graduate of Berry College, joined her alma mater’s Board of Visitors this year.

The Board of Visitors is Berry’s primary external advisory body, bringing together a diverse group of business and community leaders to provide the college

with guidance and perspective on major strategic issues.

Patterson is the owner of Furniture Village in Stone Mountain, Buford and Lawrenceville.

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