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February 12, 2013
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  • Court denies proposed rule that would regulate decorative hearths
    A federal appeals court recently rejected a proposed rule by the Department of Energy that would have imposed a minimum efficiency standard on decorative hearth products such as gas fireplaces and gas log sets. The National Propane Gas Association and the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association argued that no method can measure the products' minimum efficiency, as they were not built for direct heating. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Neb. school district tests propane autogas-fueled bus
    The Raymond Central School District in Nebraska is trying out a propane autogas-powered bus to test its performance and fuel efficiency. "We have an adequate fleet, but you always have to transition old buses out. We'll just do the two-week trial to see what mileage it gets, what kind of power it has going up and down hills, and go from there," said district Superintendent Paul Hull. Wahoo Newspaper (Neb.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Icom introduces optimization system for bifuel vehicles
    Icom North America has introduced what it calls a Propane Optimization Process, which allows fleet managers to keep vehicles running on gasoline only when the propane autogas tank is empty, rather than letting the driver decide which fuel to use. "It was a simple thing for us to figure out, but it changes the way the fleet uses the vehicles," said Albert Venezio, chairman of Icom. NGT News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lower energy costs can be a boon for chemical manufacturers
    Increased U.S. energy production is important for adding U.S. jobs and keeping costs down, industry executives say. "The primary driver right now [for] the manufacturing industry is energy costs. When you look at those potential opportunities to build new chemical plants, to expand steel capacity, bring home a lot of those jobs that left over the past decade, the primary driver is the cost of energy," said American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Propane Fuel Technologies brings diesel-propane solutions to U.S.
    Propane Fuel Technologies has partnered with CHM Trucktec to be the exclusive distributor of CHM's diesel-propane bifuel TTG CP 210 system in North America. The technology is built for trucks. The company said it is partnering with Fontaine Modification to install the technology on fleet vehicles. NGT News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Devon tries vapor recovery to earn cash from gas emissions
    Vapor recovery units are helping Devon Energy comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's emissions rules while also allowing the company to generate cash. Devon is using the units to compress gas releases from oil storage tanks in the Cana Woodford Shale in Oklahoma. "If you can compress that gas, you can sell it and make money off of it," said Travis Dean, a construction and facilities engineer at Devon. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Expert: Prepare your firm for potential CSST-incident litigation
    The safety of corrugated stainless steel tubing continues to be a subject of debate, as many firms have faced litigation concerning CSST-related incidents. CSST manufacturers and installers can prepare for possible litigation by conducting safety training sessions for personnel and documenting all actions relevant to the manufacturing and installation of CSST on their customers' properties, writes industry expert John McCoy. "An added step is to take digital photos of the work upon completion and download it into a company file for the account. ... It will allow for comparison to determine if there have been any modifications," he adds. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Propane Cuts New Home's Energy Bill
    A new Texas home that uses propane for its five key areas of energy will save its owner $1,154 annually in energy costs, compared with a standard home. The 3,500-square-foot home fuels its space and water heating, cooking, fireplaces and clothes drying with propane. Read A Five-Step Plan for Lower HERS Scores in the latest Propane Energy Update. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Keep Vents Clear When Blizzards Hit
    The Propane Education & Research Council has a variety of safety materials for winter storms. The free brochure Essential Propane Safety in High Snowfall Areas stresses "Keep vents clear. Appliance vents and chimney flues must always be clear of snow or ice. Some homes may have direct vents, which are close to the ground. Improper venting can cause carbon monoxide to become trapped in your home, causing serious illness or even death."

    The Winter Storm Preparedness module takes less than 10 minutes to complete, is available in English and Spanish, and can be e-mailed. There are free brochures on storm preparedness and carbon monoxide safety on this page.

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