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March 13, 2013
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  • Exmark's new mower uses Kohler's dedicated propane powerplant
    Exmark Manufacturing's newest Lazer Z S-Series riding mower is equipped with Kohler's electronic fuel injection powerplant dedicated to run on propane. The engine "has its roots in the PERC research and development program," said Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council. "Working with Exmark to encourage widespread adoption of its products featuring the engine is the next logical step." (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Propane can save farmers on operational costs, PERC's Leitman says
    Farmers can save on operational costs by running their equipment on propane, said Mark Leitman, director of business development and marketing at the Propane Education & Research Council. At a recent conference, Leitman spoke about the Propane Farm Incentive Program, which allows farmers to offset the price of a new engine provided they collect usage data. He said certain types of diesel engines are becoming more expensive, so a Ford 6.8-liter engine that runs on propane can be about "half the price" of diesel competitors. Farm Industry News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. town considers using alt-fuel to slash costs, oil imports
    The town of Greenburgh, N.Y., is looking at using alternative fuels such as propane autogas to reduce the town's costs and its reliance on imported oil. "We are planning to experiment with propane on some of the vehicles, probably with three or four of the vehicles initially, and if it works, we anticipate saving as much as 40% off the cost of fuel in these vehicles," said Supervisor Paul Feiner. Mid-Hudson News Network (Middletown, N.Y.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas enjoying manufacturing revival from shale gas
    Texas is receiving manufacturing investment that's directly related to U.S. shale gas, energy executives said during the IHS CERAweek conference. ExxonMobil Chemical's planned petrochemical expansion at Baytown "will be a win-win for ExxonMobil and Texas, a pro-business state which has attracted more ExxonMobil investment than anywhere in the country, and where we are the state's largest taxpayer," said ExxonMobil Chemical President Steve Pryor. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • New device can track home energy consumption in real time
    A company called Y Shape has developed Heat Meter, a Wi-Fi connected device that it says can track a home's energy consumption in real time. The device, which is attached magnetically to a boiler or furnace, listens to vibrations in order to calculate the amount of energy being spent. In addition to measuring a home's energy cost, the device "provides useful insight to lowering your energy consumption," said Y Shape engineer Radu Gogoana. News Service (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  PERC News 
  • Visit PERC at JLC Live Builder's Show
    The Propane Education & Research Council will be in booth 436 at the JLC Live show in the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. March 22 and 23. PERC will showcase products from Rinnai and Generac, and attendees can enter to win a Rinnai RL94e or RL94i Luxury Series tankless water heater. Learn more about the JLC Live. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Southeast Expo to Feature Propane Technology
    The National Propane Gas Association's 2013 Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo will run April 13 to 15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. PERC will be in booth 309 displaying the Freightliner S2G propane-autogas-fueled bobtail, a PSI irrigation engine, the new Exmark zero-turn-radius commercial mower with a Kohler engine, and more. Learn about the expo. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • You're CEO of a startup; what should you do next?
    CEOs who start companies often find that the skills they used to get going aren't those needed to run the company in the next phase, writes Firas Raouf, a venture capitalist. Such CEOs have three options: develop the skills they need, hire executives with the requisite skills or recruit a replacement CEO and find a new mission. OpenView Blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 lessons in the aftermath of Yahoo's telecommuting memo
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer ended telecommuting as one of a series of changes designed to improve office culture and spur innovation, Dana Theus writes. Mayer was right to take a stand and have managers communicate the news privately to affected workers first, but the memo was not culture-driven or sensitive to affected employees, Theus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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