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October 9, 2012
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  • Factory-built, propane-fueled bobtail now a reality
    Freightliner Custom Chassis will launch the first-ever factory-built propane autogas-powered bobtail truck early next year. "Propane-powered trucks are not new to the industry, but what we're doing is providing a complete factory-installed, warranty-supported [product]. This is not a conversion," said Freightliner's product marketing manager, Bryan Henke. The Propane Education & Research Council helped in funding the project. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Roush CleanTech exec rallies marketers' support to tout autogas
    Roush CleanTech's vice president of sales and marketing, Todd Mouw, is urging propane marketers to get onboard in promoting propane autogas to their customers in order to build a stronger case for the fuel in the market. Mouw said propane marketers' inactivity in promoting the fuel hurts the propane industry, especially as natural gas advocates show a united front in pressing their cause. "It's painful that our industry doesn't see the need to promote itself more clearly," Mouw said. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane-fueled school buses could come to W.Va. in 2013
    Propane autogas could be fueling school buses in West Virginia as soon as the next school year, after the state Board of Education last week granted the Department of Education's request to allow propane autogas as another fuel option. The state's public schools buy about 200 new buses each year, and next year's could include propane-run buses. Propane autogas has fewer emissions than diesel, and the buses that use it tend to make less noise, said John Roselli, director of alternate-fuel sales at Blue Bird, one of the companies expected to offer a bid for propane buses. The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • N.C. propane dealer rolls out pink trucks to fight breast cancer
    Blue Ridge Energies, a North Carolina-based subsidiary of Blue Ridge Electric Membership, has rolled out pink propane delivery trucks to raise funds for breast cancer charities. The campaign, called "Fueling the Fight," donates $1 for every gallon of propane the trucks sell. "Breast cancer has touched the lives of most everyone in some way so we're proud to support this cause with a tangible donation as well as raise awareness of breast cancer as our pink trucks travel throughout our service area," said Glenda Christian, Blue Ridge Energies' chief operating officer. (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • USGS: Utica formation holds large quantities of oil, gas
    The Utica Shale formation, which stretches from Ohio to Pennsylvania and other states, contains approximately 940 million barrels of oil, 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 9 million barrels of natural gas liquids like propane and ethane, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. "As more (Utica) wells are drilled and more production data is assessed, reserves figures will likely increase," said Steve Forde, vice president of policy and communications at the Marcellus Shale Coalition. ABC News/The Associated Press (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Wash. fire official reminds about safe use of space heaters
    A fire official in Benton County, Wash., is urging homeowners to be mindful of safety when using their space heaters as the weather starts to get colder. "Make sure it's being used for its intended purpose. If you have a space heater, make sure it's rated indoor use only and then just protect everything around. Make sure you put it in a big open area. Make sure it's not sitting on something that's flammable. Think smart and think ahead," said Benton County Fire Capt. Devin Helland. KNDO-TV/KNDU-TV (Yakima, Wash.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry group prepares responses for fracking film
    The energy industry is preparing to respond to a new movie starring Matt Damon that focuses on the impact of hydraulic fracturing on a community in Pennsylvania. The industry's efforts are expected to include scientific studies and a "truth squad" on social media. "We have to address the concerns that are laid out in these types of films," said Jeff Eshelman, a spokesman for the Independent Petroleum Association of America. The Wall Street Journal (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • 1 billion women are set to shake up your company
    One billion women will enter the global workforce during the next decade, with potentially enormous consequences for companies and national economies, writes Booz researcher DeAnne Aguirre. That "third billion" will have as great an effect as the economic ascent of India and China's billion-plus populations, Aguirre argues. "Once these women begin to earn positions of leadership, they will change the economic potential and corporate culture of the world's most esteemed organizations," she asserts. CNNMoney/Fortune/Most Powerful Women blog (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hire executives who treat employees how you'd like to be treated
    Some job candidates for executive positions have the credentials and know how to act around higher-ups, but treat everyone else poorly, says John Baldoni. "Certainly those in line for senior-level positions have demonstrated competence. ... But it's not enough to look at a resume, of course. You need to interview individuals -- not just one on one, but maybe in group situations, too." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • New Article for Builders Covers Tankless Water Heaters
    Builders should not let questions on venting heaters keep them from installing propane tankless water heaters. The article "8 Facts to Know about Venting Tankless Water Heaters" explains how easy these propane products are to maintain. Share the article from the latest Propane Energy Update with your construction industry clients. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Space Heater Safety Topic of Free Module
    With the weather turning cooler, it's time for marketers to share season-appropriate safety modules from the Propane Education & Research Council. The module "Using Space Heaters Safely" provides a number of tips on the proper use of propane-fueled space heaters and can be viewed in about 10 minutes. It can be copied and e-mailed to customers. View the space-heater safety module. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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