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February 19, 2013
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  • N.J. panel approves bill requiring installation of alt-fuel stations
    The New Jersey Assembly's transportation committee approved a bill last week that would require the state to install refueling stations for vehicles that run on propane autogas, compressed natural gas and electricity. "Such stations are to be geographically distributed in the northern, central and southern portions of this state in such a way as to provide maximum refueling and recharging services," according to the bill. NGT News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Expert: Careful listening yields good business results
    Propane marketers should learn the art of careful listening in order to effectively address their customers' needs, writes Eagle Sales Performance President Ed Varney. "Asking the proper qualifying questions is essential to knowing your customer and delivering to his expectations," Varney writes. "Challenge yourself to really know your customers and you will increase your business and have a more loyal customer base," he adds. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Generators take the stage at Conn. county event
    Generators and garden seeds are among the "green products" featured at the Fairfield County Home Show in Connecticut. Tower Generator President Chris Atiyeh said the growing demand for generators after Hurricane Irene led him to join the event and reach out to customers. Greenwich Time (Conn.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Energy majors provide details about planned Alaska gas pipeline
    ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada offered some details about a proposed natural gas pipeline and export project in Alaska, which is expected to cost up to $65 billion. The plan calls for the construction of an 800-mile pipeline in Alaska's North Slope that would have the capacity to ship up to 3.5 billion cubic feet of gas. "We remain committed to responsibly developing the State's considerable resources and will keep you advised of our progress," the companies said in a letter to Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Apache reports leaking natural gas well in Gulf
    Fifteen nonessential workers were evacuated from Apache's drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico following tests that showed natural gas from the well was migrating underneath the seabed. "We evacuated nonessential personnel, we brought in the experts, and we notified the government," said John Roper, a spokesman for Apache. "The procedures worked; the safety systems are doing their job." Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Space Heater Safety is Right for Cold Weather
    Colder weather means it's time for marketers to share with customers season-appropriate safety modules from the Propane Education & Research Council. The "Using Space Heaters Safely" module provides tips on the proper use of propane-fueled space heaters and can be viewed in a few minutes. View the module. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CleanFuel to Discuss Freightliner Bobtail on Third Thursday Webinar
    This month's Third Thursday webinar will feature CleanFuel USA with a presentation on its 2013 vehicle and dispenser offerings, including the Freightliner S2G chassis and Gasboy dispenser. The one-hour webinar will run on Feb. 21 starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Smart bosses take the weekend off, says Interface CEO
    Leaders who find themselves chained to their desk over the weekend are doing something wrong, says Daniel T. Hendrix, president and CEO of Interface. Bosses who try to work nonstop and do everything themselves will burn out, and that isn't good for them or their company, Hendrix explains. "[Y]ou have to delegate, have to have accountability and have to make sure that people have the tools to do the job," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Public-speaking tips from Aristotle
    Leaders should learn from Aristotle when it comes to planning a public speech or presentation, says John Baldoni. That means keeping things simple, and repeatedly signposting your key points. "Tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em, tell 'em, then tell 'em what you told 'em," Baldoni says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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