On October 5, Anddrikk Frazier, Managing Partner at Integral Energy appeared on That Business Show with Jamie Meloni. Anddrikk explains that Integral Energy is a company specializing in the Natural Gas market as well as energy-related project management such as CNG station installation and facility maintenance. Most importantly, Integral Energy is focused on relationships and monetary energy savings for customers.
Anddrikk describes that in order to start a successful business, there has to be a need for the product or service along with a passion. He maintains a strong background working in the energy field and had worked for TECO for over fifteen years. Anddrikk goes on to explain that during the sustainable energy and go-green movement while working for TECO, he saw that customers wanted to be engaged in saving money thus, becoming conscious of their energy usage. He states that customers take the initiative to search for a company’s competitive edge and constantly compare a company to its competitors. Anddrikk found that if there is a sustainable way to do business and cost-effective, then it begins to be the more attractive option. In this case transportation, the solution is Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for fleets mainly in the transit, refuse and “return to home base” logistics companies.
Integral Energy’s specialty lies in providing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The company helps to build stations, but also consult and assist a customer to decide if CNG is the right fuel for them. Anddrikk shares that in Tampa Bay, about 75% of the Waste Management use CNG and that CNG burns about 20% cleaner than diesel, making it both sustainable and cheaper. Anddrikk adds that HART also has 30 CNG buses used to commute around Tampa Bay and HART plans on converting its entire fleet within the next four years. He further explains that with regards to transportation, Ford, GM, and Dodge offer engines that come off of the line that are readily available for CNG.
Additionally, in the state of Florida as it relates to electricity, there is no such thing as unbundled service for either the residential or commercial sectors. However, when discussing natural gas, commercial customers are able to unbundle their natural gas procurement. What this means is that instead of buying all the natural gas from the utility company, you then have a choice in Florida; Integral Energy is one of those choice providers and is able to provide commercial consumers the opportunity to save money. Its ideal client-base would be the food/beverage, hospitality, universities, hospitals, manufacturing companies, and transportation companies.
Moreover, with regards to CNG, TECO’s Peoples Gas is an advocate for Integral Energy. When developing CNG stations, Integral Energy partners with other entities. Integral does not perform any engineering or design work; the company solely focuses on the construction aspect and uses an equipment provider that is based in Texas. The stations itself are public, yet the people that use the stations are very limited. Anddrikk further explains that there are about 12 or 13 locations to fill up on CNG in Tampa Bay and five of which are open to the public. To put this growth in perspective, in 2010, there were no CNG stations making Clearwater Gas was the first company to install a CNG station in the Tampa Bay Area.
Ultimately, with new businesses such as restaurants constantly opening, those companies will be in need of low-cost energy resources. Tampa is one of six in the state of Florida to have a clean city designation and is continuing its progression toward further growth and development. Thus, if the economy is thriving in Tampa Bay, Integral Energy will follow.
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