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March 7, 2013
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  • Dish Network orders 200 autogas vehicles from Roush CleanTech
    Dish Network has ordered 200 propane autogas-fueled Ford E-250 vans from Roush CleanTech in a bid to slash costs and emissions. The cargo vans will be deployed in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco and Atlanta. "We had been thinking about alternative fuel and as we looked at the list of categories that were important to us, and propane met most of those needs," said Dish's executive vice president of service and installation, Erik Carlson. Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Standby generators becoming mainstream in Md. homes
    Standby generators are becoming more of a necessity in Maryland as residents respond to frequent power outages due to winter storms and thunderstorms. Baltimore-based CDS Emergency Power Services, which sells and installs generators, has seen a surge in the demand for generators in the state. "Due to the combined impact of hurricanes Irene and Sandy, along with the 2012 summer thunderstorms, we are seeing demand increase for home standby generators," said CDS Logistics President Roy Cranford. The Baltimore Sun (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Oiltanking to expand LPG export facility in Texas
    With U.S. propane exports expected to surge this year, Oiltanking Partners said it will spend $44 million to build a new vessel dock and upgrade its existing docks in Houston. The project "will provide incremental loading capacity and position us well to capitalize on the robust international demand" for liquefied petroleum gas, said Anne-Marie Ainsworth, CEO of Oiltanking's general partner. Meanwhile, Williams Cos. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners are considering development of a new Gulf Coast terminal for LPG exports. Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Neb. fire official reminds about safety when using propane grills
    Steve Wagner, battalion chief at the Bellevue, Neb., Fire Department, is reminding residents to check their propane grills for damage before using them. "You need to ensure that you're following the manufacturer's guidelines, keeping it in a well-ventilated place, outdoors, away from the house," Wagner said. "Ensure that your propane tank isn't dented, rusting, any obstructions when you go to connect your supply hose," Wagner added. WOWT-TV (Omaha, Neb.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Tax Credits and Generators in Propane Energy Update
    The latest issue of the Propane Energy Update is online with stories on tax credits available this year for building with propane systems, how-tos of installing propane generators, propane-fueled temporary heat for winter construction projects and more. Visit the new Update. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New York to Hold Responders' Conference in June
    There will be an Industry Responders' Conference June 11 to 12 in New York for firefighters, emergency personnel and propane marketers, combining classroom learning with hands-on field training. The conference will be held in the New York State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, N.Y. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Business tips from an octopus' tentacle
    Some octopuses change color to blend in with their surroundings, but they do so by delegating decisions about coloration to individual skin cells, writes Rafe Sagarin. Business leaders, too, can often achieve better results by leaving key decisions to individual workers. "[D]ecentralized organization yields faster, cheaper, and more effective solutions to complex problems," Sagarin writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ask "where" and "how" to plot a course for victory
    Strategic success comes down to answering these questions: Which playing field do you want to be on, and how will you achieve success once there, David Burkus writes. "If you know how to ask and answer these two questions properly, then you can cut through the confusion and craft a strategy that really works," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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