Behind the List with Aubrey Bauman Kreider
marketing manager and sustainability lead for Amerigreen Energy Inc.
Q: What impact has drilling in the Marcellus Shale had on your company's business?
A: For our business, there has not been much of an impact. There is definitely more propane and natural gas (being produced), but it is being exported overseas dramatically, so there does not seem to actually be more of either product available in the U.S.
Are you seeing an increase in natural-gas customers?
No doubt consumers are looking to switch to natural gas, and we have seen an increase in customers.
This winter, many of the costs for different fuels are leveling out since it is harder to get supply of either one because it is being exported and we are importing fuels globally. That will affect the cost in the long term, because producers are making more money in Europe and Japan — we are at the mercy of the global market, unfortunately.
Amerigreen promotes the fact that it provides 100 percent American fuels. Why does your company feel that this is important?
Normally consumers don't have a choice about where their fuel comes from or who they are supporting with their energy dollars. We want consumers to have a choice.
We value keeping dollars in the U.S. economy instead of overseas. We value that the money we spend can stay in the pockets of those locally. We prefer fuels stay domestic instead of fighting foreign countries for resources we have readily available.
What benefits are there to a commercial customer using natural gas as opposed to other energy solutions?
It all depends on the market for cost. Some may experience cost savings. However, for emissions reductions, if a customer is using a 20 percent blend of biofuel or higher with heating oil, they will experience better emissions reductions and cleaner air in their community with bioheating oil.
What types of businesses make up more of your natural-gas customers? Are you seeing any trends in a certain type of business making the switch? Amerigreen's natural-gas division lists a variety of entities as customers, including educational institutions, factories and warehouse space, hospitals, retail stores and government properties.
Restaurants, commercial office buildings — we are still too new to the commercial natural-gas side that it is really hard to tell.
About Aubrey Bauman Kreider
Aubrey Bauman Kreider, 27, oversees company and client marketing strategy for Amerigreen. Her previous work includes a variety of industries, such as environmental organizations.
Kreider has a bachelor’s degree in digital marketing and business administration from Eastern Mennonite University.
Lancaster is home for Kreider and her husband. Her hobbies include biking, hiking and cooking.