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February 21, 2013
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  • Propane autogas yields benefits for Minn. fleets
    Propane autogas has gained strong traction in Alexandria, Minn., because of its safety and the environmental and economic benefits the fuel yields. "It's better from an environmental standpoint because it's 100% fuel burning," said Chris Fischer, service technician at TireMaxx. "All things considered, propane is safer than unleaded gasoline. It's less volatile," added TireMaxx owner and manager Lee Ostendorf. Wadena (Minn.) Pioneer Journal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Conn. governor unveils vehicle-fuel diversification strategy
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is ramping up his administration's efforts to promote alternative fuels through a comprehensive energy strategy that seeks to diversify the state's energy mix. Malloy said his administration will expand fueling infrastructure all over the state. "This approach provides an open platform that enables new and varied technologies -- electric, natural gas, propane, biofuel, hydrogen fuel cell and other vehicles -- a chance to prove themselves and to provide a choice to drivers," the governor's report stated. NGT News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Index shows slip in homebuilders' confidence
    U.S. homebuilders have become less optimistic this month, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. "This is partly due to ongoing uncertainties about job growth and consumer access to mortgage credit," NAHB Chairman Rick Judson said. "But it's also a reflection of the fact that builders are now confronting rising costs for building materials and, in some markets, limited availability of labor and lots as demand for new homes strengthens." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Money & Co. blog (2/19), eCreditDaily.com (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Average price of gasoline climbs 45 cents in the past month
    The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline rose 45 cents to $3.75 a gallon in the past month, AAA reported. It is the fastest spike in gas prices since 2005. The price jump is attributed to refinery closures and maintenance, lower production from Saudi Arabia, tensions in Iraq and Iran, and uncertainty over the economic recovery in Europe, China and the U.S. The Washington Post (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Power Solutions International launches new-look website
    Power Solutions International has redesigned its website to showcase its engines that run on propane autogas, natural gas and other cleaner-burning alternative fuels. "Our newly designed site is a reflection of our true capabilities, highlighting our commitment to delivering world-class products to our customers and focus on future innovations," said PSI's marketing director, Jeremy Lessaris. NGT News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Experts: Propane is "perfectly safe" if properly installed
    After a fatal explosion in Bath, Maine, last week, the state's leading propane inspector, Peter Holmes of the state Fuel Board, says propane is "perfectly safe" as long as the heating system is properly installed and maintained by trained professionals. Brian Champagne, lead instructor for the Maine Energy Marketers Association's training program, urges homeowners to leave the task of working on their heating systems to licensed technicians. "If you smell propane, shut off the tank and call the company," Champagne adds. WCSH-TV (Portland, Maine) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • N.Y. propane group offers winter safety reminders
    The New York Propane Gas Association is reminding homeowners to keep propane tanks, flue pipes and vents clear of snow and ice to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and other hazards. The group encourages residents to mark the position of their tank to keep it from getting hit by a shovel or snowplow. In case of a leak, residents should call their propane providers at once to fix the damage, the group said. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Tax Credits and Generators in New Propane Energy Update
    The February issue of the Propane Energy Update offers stories on tax credits available for building with propane systems, how-tos on installing propane generators, propane-fueled temporary heat for winter construction projects and more. Visit the new Update. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blizzard Safety Material Available from PERC
    The Propane Education & Research Council has safety materials for winter storms. The free brochure Essential Propane Safety in High Snowfall Areas, stresses "Keep vents clear. Appliance vents and chimney flues must always be clear of snow or ice. Some homes may have direct vents, which are close to the ground. Improper venting can cause carbon monoxide to become trapped in your home, causing serious illness or even death." A Winter Storm Preparedness module takes less than 10 minutes to complete, is available in English and Spanish, and can be e-mailed. View free brochures on storm preparedness and carbon monoxide safety. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • How to lead like a chess master
    Former chess star Justin Moore is now CEO of cloud-services company Axcient -- and he says his time at the chessboard helped prepare him to be a better boss. Chess is deeply strategic and involves planning several moves ahead, just as CEOs need to plan for their company's future. "Chess is constantly teaching you to think about what comes next, and what comes after that, and what the repercussions could be," Moore says. Fast Company online (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to sell your ideas like a "Shark Tank" contestant
    The reality show "Shark Tank," in which would-be entrepreneurs pitch ideas to judges, should be required viewing for business leaders, Stephanie Scotti writes. Contestants use attention-grabbing techniques, make their presentations personal, get judges directly involved and end with strong calls to action. "Consider applying these lessons to boost your confidence, inspire your listeners and exponentially increase your chances for a high-impact presentation," Scotti writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
--Maria Montessori,
Italian physician and educator


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