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March 11, 2013
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  • Fleet owners tout autogas at Ind. show
    The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis demonstrated the growth of propane autogas, writes Burney Simpson with the Propane Education & Research Council. For example, Dish Network announced it would purchase 200 Ford E-250 cargo vans converted to run on propane autogas by Roush CleanTech, and the Freightliner S2G bobtail truck drew crowds at the PERC booth, he writes. Propane Today blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neb. firm introduces new propane-powered lawnmower model
    Exmark Manufacturing has begun production of propane-powered lawnmowers with electronic fuel injection. "It's got an oxygen sensor that senses the exhaust gases and it knows whether the fuel mixture is too rich or too lean for that condition. It sends back a signal to the [engine control unit], telling if it needs to make an adjustment. It's constantly measuring," said Exmark's chief development engineer, Garry Busboom. "There have been a number of our customers over the past years that have been looking for products that have a lower carbon footprint and are more green, and propane fits that bill," Busboom said. Beatrice Daily Sun (Neb.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts: Alt-fuel infrastructure poses opportunity, challenge
    The U.S. may have decades' worth of alternative fuel supplies, but getting these fuels to the market is the real challenge that needs to be addressed, experts said during the Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis last week. "There's a good deal of local availability when it comes to such alternative fuels as [compressed natural gas], [liquid natural gas], propane, and electricity -- it's when you look at embedding the infrastructure for them on a national basis that it gets real challenging," said George Survant, Time Warner Cable's senior director of fleet management. Fleet Owner (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Roush CleanTech demonstrates autogas-fueled Ford F-59
    Todd Mouw, Roush CleanTech's vice president of sales and marketing, touted the advantages of using propane autogas during the recent Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Mouw showcased Roush's propane fuel system on a Ford F-59 chassis, saying the technology enhances fuel economy and that the on-board tanks are puncture-resistant to ensure safety. Fleet Owner (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Safety & Training 
  • BP to challenge ruling on Gulf spill damages payments
    BP seeks to appeal a court's decision that raised the estimate of the amount it must pay to settle for damages arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the company said. The U.K. oil major had expected to pay $7.8 billion to settle such economic claims, but the amount was increased to $8.5 billion because the court ruled in favor of a claim administrator's analysis of the agreements. BP also said it is "not possible to determine" the final amount. Fox Business/MarketWatch Pulse (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Propane Autogas Challenges Detailed in New Story
    The challenges and prospects for propane autogas are explored in the article Lighting the Demand for Propane in the February issue of Midstream Business. The article focuses on CleanFuel USA, a provider of propane autogas technology, and the Propane Education & Research Council. A sidebar, Lawn-Care Industry Takes to Propane, reports on the increasing use of propane by landscape contractors. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 Southeastern Expo is Coming Up
    The 2013 Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo will be held April 13-15 in Atlanta in the Georgia World Congress Center. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Why leaders should be more willing to take advice
    Bosses should be more willing to ask for advice even if they already know the decision they're going to make, writes Dennis Bakke in this book excerpt. "The advice process isn't just about getting the right answer. It's about building a strong team and creating a process of communication that will improve all decisions in a company," Bakke explains. Fast Company online (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Open your team's eyes to the potential they possess
    A great team has talented team members working with and for each other to outperform the market, but a team cannot become great if it's unaware of its potential, says Jaime Graña, managing director of Diageo Mexico. "People are usually not aware of the impact they have. They do not know how they can create the space for people to develop and for the business to grow," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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