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October 1, 2012
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  • Sears to roll out 27 autogas-powered Ford cargo vans
    Sears Holdings will roll out 27 Ford E-250 cargo vans retrofitted with Roush CleanTech propane autogas systems in Seattle. The project will help Sears decide whether to convert more of its fleet to propane autogas, said Stu Reed, vice president of Sears Holdings and president of Sears Home Services. "If we get the type of efficiencies we expect by converting these vans to Roush CleanTech propane autogas, we could scale this to all 10,000 service vans," Reed said. (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • PERC exec shares propane's advantages, market challenges
    The Propane Education & Research Council's chief business development officer, Tucker Perkins, thinks propane autogas will see wider market adoption because of the huge advantages that come with using the fuel. Aside from being domestically produced, propane autogas burns cleaner, offers greater mileage and is widely accessible across the U.S. However, fueling-infrastructure concerns from potential buyers and the lack of factory-direct OEM products are keeping the fuel from gaining stronger traction in the market. Business Fleet magazine online/Auto Focus blog (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Drillers could cut costs by converting rigs to run on natural gas
    Energy companies could save money and trim emissions if they convert their drilling rigs to operate on natural gas instead of diesel, speakers at a Houston conference said. A diesel-powered rig needs about $4,653 worth of fuel per day, compared with $1,322 for one that runs on natural gas, said Brian Murphy, an Ensign Energy Services engineering manager. Ensign is also working on ways to make its rig operations more fuel efficient, he said. (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Water supplies are safe from fracking, Nabors says
    Nabors Industries doesn't see hydraulic fracturing as a large threat to water supplies. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the drilling contractor said that public fracking reports haven't "substantiated a material risk" of fluids polluting other sites. "Increased regulation of hydraulic fracturing could result in reductions or delays in drilling and completing new oil and natural-gas wells, which could adversely impact the demand for fracturing and other services," Nabors said. Bloomberg (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Keep it simple to foster strategic success
    Complexity is a sign of bad strategy, write Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt. A good strategy can be simmered down into basic rules that make execution more manageable. "Simple rules represent the beating heart of strategy. When applied to a critical bottleneck, carefully crafted, and used in a mindful manner, they can guide the activities that matter," they write. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are you ready to be a leader? Here's your guide
    Becoming a leader is like getting tossed into the deep end of the pool -- so you'd better already have taught yourself to swim, writes Dan McCarthy. From taking courses to simply reading about other leaders, there's plenty you can do to get ready for your first big leadership role. "If you get offered a promotion and you're not prepared, you've got nobody to blame but yourself," McCarthy writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Marketer Technology Training to Visit Md. Oct. 9
    The Marketer Technology and Sales Training program will present several sessions this month, beginning with Oct. 9 in Flintstone, Md., with the Mid-Atlantic Propane Gas Association, covering autogas. Register for the free session at the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort-Flintstone Hotel. Learn more about Marketer Technology and Sales Training. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Propane Energy Update Available
    A new Propane Energy Update has been posted, bringing the latest in training, safety information, products and analysis of the trends affecting the residential construction industry. This month the Update features stories on venting tankless water heaters, a builder's dream home fueled by propane and small-construction equipment that runs on propane. See the new issue. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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