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February 7, 2013
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  • Propane autogas buses bring annual savings to Texas schools
    School districts in Texas that have switched to propane autogas-powered buses are benefiting financially from the reinstatement of the 50-cent-per-gallon alternative fuel tax credit, writes Jackie Mason, director of education and marketing for the Propane Council of Texas. Dallas County Schools, which has the state's biggest propane-powered school bus fleet, is expected to recoup about $500,000 per year through the tax incentive and sees annual fuel-cost savings of about $1.5 million, an official said. NGT News (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ariz. school district buys first hybrid bus
    The Madison School District in Phoenix has become the first district in Arizona to acquire a C2e Hybrid school bus from Thomas Built Buses. The bus uses hybrid batteries that help during acceleration and get recharged during braking. The 78-passenger bus will reduce the district's environmental footprint, officials said. School Transportation News online (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neb. school district tests autogas bus
    Nebraska's Raymond Central Public Schools began a two-week trial run of a propane autogas-fueled school bus Jan. 31 to test its performance and fuel economy. John Otte, owner of Otte Oil and Propane, suggested the trial run, saying propane fuel would cut fuel costs by at least 50%. Wahoo Newspaper (Neb.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ore. low-carbon fuel program faces uncertainty
    Oregon's Clean Fuels Program, which supports vehicles powered by biofuels, electricity and propane autogas, is scheduled to expire in 2015, prompting advocates to call for its extension. Jana Gastellum, the Oregon Environmental Council's climate-protection director, says the program "supports any low-carbon fuel," including propane, but its expiration is opposed by some businesses, and state legislation that would extend the program is in the works. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Beverly Hills opens CNG refueling station
    Beverly Hills, Calif., has opened a compressed natural gas refueling station for its 12 CNG vehicles, including refuse trucks and street sweepers. The city's mayor, Dr. William W. Brien, said that with "the price of diesel climbing and no end in sight, it was necessary that we do something to control these costs." NGT News (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Snowstorm bears down on New England
    The Northeast is getting ready for a major snowstorm as the weekend approaches. Meteorologists are predicting up to 2 feet of snow and possible blizzard conditions. Propane firms can check this Hours-of-Service Exemptions notice from the National Propane Gas Association for updates on possible driving exemptions. CNBC/The Associated Press (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Free Winter Storms Safety Material from PERC
    The Winter Storm Preparedness module from the Propane Education & Research Council can help customers prepare for and react to winter storms. The module takes less than 10 minutes to complete, is available in English and Spanish, and can be e-mailed. PERC also offers a free PDF on winter storms that can be printed and distributed. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Council Meets Feb. 14 by Conference Call
    The Propane Education & Research Council will meet by conference call on February 14. Get in touch with PERC's Anna Lombardo at 202-452-8975 to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • How to be a more intense boss
    Intensity is a powerful tool for any leader, although it's important to ensure that your focus and commitment don't come across as anger or obsession, writes Art Petty. Authenticity is a vital part of that process, Petty writes. "Your commitment to the mission at hand must come through in your every word, action and during every encounter," he writes. (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Planning and strategy aren't the same thing
    Creating a "strategic plan" isn't the same thing as crafting a meaningful strategy, writes Roger Martin. A strategic plan is often simply a souped-up budget, while a strategy "is the making of an integrated set of choices that collectively position the firm in its industry so as to create sustainable advantage relative to competition," Martin argues. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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