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May 3, 2013
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  • Newly signed bill requires Colo. agencies to buy alt-fuel vehicles
    State agencies in Colorado will be required to buy alternative fuel vehicles as part of their fleet replacement programs under a bill signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper. The bill focuses on the purchase of vehicles that run on propane autogas, compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas. NGT News (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Maine town board officials speak about DCP's rejected tank proposal
    Members of the Searsport, Maine, Planning Board spoke for the first time about DCP Midstream's rejected propane tank proposal. Board Chairman Bruce Probert said DCP could have done a better job of making its case and persuading residents to support the proposal, but the company's reluctance to work with the town toward the end of the process hurt its chances. Planning board members said the long process revealed a deep divide within the town. The Free Press (Rockland, Maine) (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 150-year-old Conn. firm ventures into selling propane
    Connecticut-based Gault Energy has been in the business for 150 years of selling coal, heating oil and other fuels, but the company decided to enter the propane business in 2008 because of the huge opportunity it provides. The company focuses on providing propane for pool heating and generators, and currently works with builders and small contractors to sell propane. "We've been able to leverage our relationships with a lot of new homebuilders and have propane put in as a heat source," said company President Sam Gault. (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • E15 ruling sparks concerns from outdoor power-equipment makers
    A recent appeals court ruling that favored E15 fuel sparked concerns from lawn-equipment makers because the fuel can damage small engines. "Manufacturers are at a loss right now as to how to compensate and make their vehicles or their lawn equipment work with E15," said Mark Huber of Amarillo Outdoor Power Equipment in Texas. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute is one of the groups advising consumers to be careful about the fuel they use for lawn equipment. KVII-TV (Amarillo, Texas) (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Safety & Training 
  • Sharp Propane conducts safety training for Texas firefighters
    Sharp Propane has partnered with Lake Travis Fire Rescue in Texas to train firefighters on how to respond to propane-related incidents. "We've developed relationships with these local fire departments because it's important that everyone be as educated about propane safety as possible in order to avoid and prevent something bad from happening," said company representative Frank Goree. Read the company news release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Safe Grilling Module can be E-mailed to Customers
    Prepare your customers for a safe grilling season with the free Safe Grilling module from the Propane Education & Research Council. The module offers a tutorial on safe practices and a short Q&A section. The module is offered in English and Spanish versions and can be e-mailed directly to customers. Check out the module. And keep these Safe Grilling Tips handy for answering customer questions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Efficient Radiant Heat Keeps Homeowners Warm
    In-floor radiant heating uses propane to heat water that is pumped through under-floor tubing embedded in a concrete slab which retains the heat and radiates it up into the room. This provides a more even heat through a room and saves the homeowner money. Contractors installing the systems need proper training. Learn more in Efficient Comfort with Propane In-floor Heat in the Propane Energy Update. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Real leaders aren't afraid to try to make a difference
    When 13-year-old Natalie Gilbert choked up while singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in front of 20,000 people at a Portland Trail Blazers game, coach Mo Cheeks rushed over, put an arm around her, and belted out the rest of the song with her. Cheeks couldn't sing to save his life, but he was willing to put his reputation on the line for someone who needed help -- and that's the mark of a real leader, writes Diego Rodriguez. "Sometimes in life it can feel foolhardy to rush in to try and make a difference, but doing so is rarely a foolish act. It's an act of leadership," he adds. Metacool blog (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are you ignoring your "non-desk" workers?
    More than 8 out of 10 "non-desk" workers -- deliverymen, sales staffers, technicians and the like -- say they feel cut off from the companies they work for, and that they don't get enough information or feedback from their bosses. That's a big problem, says consultant Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin, because such workers are usually companies' public face. "You can spend millions building a brand through advertising and marketing, but a few bad customer experiences are enough to blow it -- especially if they go viral," Baskin says. CNNMoney/Fortune (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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