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February 22, 2013
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  • Study: Global sales of autogas vehicles to continue growth
    Sales of propane autogas vehicles worldwide will exceed 1.4 million per year by 2020, Pike Research said in a report. This year, about 1 million vehicles worldwide will be converted to run on propane autogas, Pike Research said. The company said it expects North America to experience 7% growth in autogas conversions through 2020. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Conn. city plans to buy 60 propane autogas school buses
    The city of Shelton, Conn., plans to sign a contract to buy 60 purpose-built propane autogas-fueled school buses from All-Star Transportation. The buses would help the local school district provide environmentally friendly and cost-efficient transportation to students. The city would sell the buses back to All-Star and request a new fleet when the contract expires after seven years, an official said. The Shelton Herald (Conn.) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • W.Va. panel asks state to convert vehicles to natural gas, propane
    At least 2,000 private and public vehicles across West Virginia should be converted to run on natural gas and propane autogas if the government wants to take advantage of the rich supply of gas in the state, a 21-member task force commissioned by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a report. "We have the opportunity to reinvest in our own economy, provide drivers with lower costs at the pump as well as support the establishment of more good-paying jobs for West Virginians, all by using a clean burning energy source harvested right here at home," Tomblin said. The panel asked the government to provide tax credits to encourage fleet operators to do the switch. The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, W.Va.)/The Associated Press (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Starts increase for single-family houses
    Total U.S. housing starts declined 8.5% last month, but builders broke ground on the most single-family homes since July 2008, the Commerce Department says. A sharp drop in multifamily construction, traditionally a volatile indicator, drove the overall decline, the department says. Permit issuance, an indicator of future construction, reached its highest level since June 2008. Reuters (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: N.Y., Pa. have opposite fracking fates
    Pennsylvania is reaping the economic benefits of hydraulic fracturing while New York continues to delay action on its fracking moratorium, according to this analysis. "We missed a golden opportunity, I believe, to reshape southern New York, upstate New York. We need fuel and lots of it, and we've got the cleanest fossil fuel that there is sitting right here. We should use it, put it to work, and renovate these communities," said Tom Santulli, a New York county executive. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Safety & Training 
  • Cantilevered roofs pose hazards to firefighters
    Cantilevered roofs can pose dangers to firefighters because some of the cantilever parts can lack support or stability, writes Gregory Havel, a fire instructor and former deputy fire chief. These roofs have portions that go beyond the building walls and have no other support, whether the roof is built with rafters or trusses. Fire Engineering (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Safety Training in the Propane Industry
    The new Propane Personal Safety: Techniques for Injury Prevention in the Propane Industry program offers a video on DVD that illustrates ways to safely perform various job tasks, along with a CD that includes a training manual and instructors PowerPoint. The program from the Propane Education & Research Council is available for $9 on the Propane MaRC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marketer Training Gears Up for Spring
    The Propane Education & Research Council is scheduling its 2013 Marketer Technology and Sales Training seminars. These full-day classes deliver hands-on exposure to new propane products, introduce marketers to local equipment dealers, and let marketers take their new sales skills for a test drive. Learn more and get in touch with PERC's Gira Joshi at 202-452-8975 to schedule a seminar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Use tough love to keep your team on schedule
    If your team keeps blowing deadlines, it doesn't help to keep quiet, writes Patty Azzarello. Public accountability and tracking show that being late is unacceptable, and they usually result in more projects being on time, she writes. "It's not about coming down hard on someone or being disrespectful or nasty. It's about moving the business forward," Azzarello writes. Fast Company online (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 ways to praise your employees
    Some bosses find it easy to be critical of failure but difficult to praise good work, writes Mary Jo Asmus. It's important to notice and celebrate small victories as well as milestones, Asmus argues. "A little bit of noticing and letting them know what you observe can go a long way, especially if you have a habit of being critical," she writes. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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