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January 9, 2013
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  • GE includes autogas vehicles in alt-fuel fleet mix
    GE is deviating from its previous commitment to buy 25,000 electric vehicles for its fleet, deciding instead to include propane autogas vehicles in the mix, along with natural gas vehicles. "It's the demand of our customers. There are so many technologies out there, and our customers need a variety of technologies in their fleet today, not just one. We're not picking winners and losers," said Deb Frodl, chief strategy officer at GE's corporate fleet services division. Automotive News (free content) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NPGA lauds extension of alternative-fuel tax credits
    The National Propane Gas Association lauded the extension of two alternative-fuel tax credits that provide incentives for purchases alternative-fuel vehicles. The measure was part of the "fiscal cliff" deal Congress approved recently. "The extension of the alternative fuel tax credit and the refueling infrastructure tax credit will help get more propane autogas vehicles on the road and encourage fleet managers to strongly consider alternative fuel options before making a decision," said NPGA President and CEO Richard Roldan. Fleet Owner (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • All of Apache's fracking pumps to run on natural gas, exec says
    Apache is poised to become the first company to have all of its hydraulic fracturing pumps be fueled by natural gas, an executive said. The company's goal is to reduce emissions associated with fracking, cut fuel costs by 40% and boost the consumption of natural gas, said Mike Bahorich, Apache's executive vice president of technology. "What's really motivating Apache is, if you think about it, I would challenge you to think of an idea that could generate more value for our economy and our environment than switching from oil to natural gas," he said. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • EIA: Lower 48 gas output in October 2012 highest since January 2005
    The Lower 48 states produced 73.54 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas in October 2012, which is 2.6% higher compared to figures in the same month in 2011, according to the Energy Information Administration. This also represents the largest monthly number since January 2005. The so-called "other states," Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming, contributed to the increase, the agency said. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Stihl provides tools, training for first-responder organization
    Stihl will be the sponsor of Reach Out Worldwide, a network of first responders who have worked during times of natural disaster. The company will provide the group with chainsaws and augers, and will train members how to use them, according to Roger Phelps, Stihl's promotional communications manager. "We need the highest-quality products that will get the job done every time, and Stihl is our brand of choice," said J.D. Dorfman, the operations manager of the group. The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Propane Fireplaces Add Value to a Customer's Home
    Marketers have many choices to offer customers considering investing in a fireplace. Propane is an excellent fuel for fireplaces, and many models qualify for green building programs. Learn more about new fireplace options, and check out the Propane Education & Research Council's online product directory of hearth products from a variety of manufacturers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free Safety Module on Space Heaters
    Cool weather means it's time for marketers to share season-appropriate safety modules from the Propane Education & Research Council. The module "Using Space Heaters Safely" provides tips on the proper use of propane-fueled space heaters and can be viewed in about 10 minutes. View the free space-heater safety module. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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