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TS EMEA to present its propane and LP gas distribution Android app at the 29th World LPG Forum


TULSA, OK, 03-Nov-2016 — /EPR ENERGY NEWS/ — TS EMEA, a provider of logistics and mobility software solutions, announced that it will present its NextGen enterprise software at the 29th World LPG Forum & AEGPL Congress on 15-17 November in Florence, Italy. The World LPG Forum serves as both a platform to discuss issues relevant to the LPG industry and as an arena for companies to showcase their latest innovations for a global audience.

TS EMEA, who will be situated in Stand #K8, will be one of roughly 150 propane and LPG vendors exhibiting at the World LPG Forum, a show that will welcome more than 2,000 attendees from 60+ countries. TS EMEA will highlight TouchStar’s propane and LP gas distribution Android application, TransPac LPG, and the company’s integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution, TS FleetWatch.

“TS EMEA is proud to be a part of the World LPG Forum,” said TS EMEA’s General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz, about attending the event. “LPG plays a very significant role as a clean energy source in Europe. TS EMEA is happy to support that role with solutions that are keyed directly to its safe and reliable transport.”

TS EMEA’s goal at the show is to deepen its relationships with the members of the global propane and LP gas distribution industry and to provide increased insight into its propane and LP gas enterprise solutions at the event. At press time, TouchStar’s integrations fleet software is utilized by over 500 companies internationally.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Renewable Home Educates and Connects

Renewable energy – if you haven’t noticed, it’s the buzz around the world. We are using an alarming amount of fossil fuels every day; fossil fuels that won’t last forever. Some experts say we will be known as the generation that destroys the earth unless we change our energy behavior now.

“Renewable Energy makes sense from both a financial and a green responsibility” says Todd Sachs, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of

“We are committed in educating consumers on how to turn their homes into Renewable Energy Homes. We help by connecting consumers with qualified installers throughout the United States so they can save money on their fast rising energy bills, create more value in their home investment, and join together in reducing dependency on fossil fuels; together reducing the carbon footprint.” Sachs says.

A recent press release from the states the following:
“President Obama is committed to an “all-of-the-above” approach that develops all American energy sources in a safe and responsible way and builds a clean and secure energy future. That’s why the President’s plan:

Challenges Americans to double renewable electricity generation again by 2020. In order to double generation from wind, solar, and geothermal sources by 2020, relative to 2012 levels, the President called on Congress to make the renewable energy Production Tax Credit permanent and refundable, which will provide incentive and certainty for investments in new clean energy. Instead of continuing century-old subsidies to oil companies, the President believes that we need to invest in the energy of the future. During the President’s first term, clean energy tax incentives attracted billions of dollars in private investment in almost 50,000 clean energy projects, creating tens of thousands of jobs. Permanent extension keeps the momentum building, while creating new jobs in clean energy.”

Once Americans realize just how possible it is to remove their home from the grid completely and/or partially, many will turn to clean energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal for home energy systems. Renewable Home Energy ( just launched last week and is serving-up a great way to connect homeowners with qualified renewable energy installers throughout the entire United States.

Renewable Home Energy is committed to working with local governments, manufactures and installers to help develop affordable ways for consumers to save money with Renewable Energy to remove them from the grid and reduce the carbon footprint by reducing the usage of the finite fossil fuels.

The process is easy. Just click on and learn about Renewable Energy for your home. You can also complete a form to connect with a Renewable Energy Installer. You will be contacted by qualified installers in your immediate area. They will review your current energy consumption and suggest the best Renewable Energy alternatives for your home.

There are great tax incentives for you to install renewable energy in your home, and great finance options with 4% or less interest rates for up to 10 year terms for qualified buyers.

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ZAP Engineering And Construction Services Inc. Names Carl Soderman As New President

ZAP Engineering and Construction Services, Inc. (ZAP ECS), a leading full service engineering and construction management company serving the gas processing, pipeline, field services, petroleum, refinery, chemical and alternative energy industries, names Carl Soderman as President to manage the firms substantial team growth experienced over the past year and lead the firm into the future.

“Carl comes to our business with the experience needed to navigate ZAP’s evolving business expansion in a full range of professional services.,” said Steve Tzap, CEO of ZAP ECS. “His strong track record in operational efficiency and growth, combined with an emphasis on quality and customer focus will be the key assets to driving the continued success of our business.”

Soderman joins ZAP Engineering and Construction Services, Inc. as a recognized leader in engineering and operations with over 30 years of experience in the natural gas industry. His responsibilities have included engineering management, operations management, project development, project management and operations engineering. In directing groups in a leadership role, responsibilities have included asset planning and development, asset optimization, acquisition and merger due diligence and integration, and project delivery.

“ZAP’s business model is built upon client representation and personal attention as the foundation to the company’s philosophy. Monitoring the investments our clients allocate to each specific project is a key element to the “partners in business” commitment at ZAP,” commented Steve. “Soderman has broad management experience in executive and leadership positions across a wide range of commercial, operational, and quality functions, as well as familiarity with the ZAP organization.”

Prior to joining ZAP ECS, Soderman was Northern US Process Manager with Enerflex Energy Systems, Ltd., a division of Toromont Industries, Inc.(TSX: TIH), an international company delivering products, services and integrated solutions to all corners of the world, focusing on the natural gas industry. After graduating from University of Texas of Austin in 1979 his exceptional career background progressed from Project Engineer with Brown and Root to Manager of Operations, Process Engineering Manager to Vice President of Engineering with DCP Midstream.

“I am excited at the opportunity to lead the ZAP ECS organization,” said Carl Soderman. “The firm’s portfolio of services has tremendous recognition in the market. The challenge ahead is to leverage that awareness and continue to develop innovative products and services that the market demands and our customers expect.”

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National Grid Seeking Billions in Future Natural Gas Rate Adjustments in Massachusetts

National Grid in Massachusetts, filed for new rates from its Massachusetts natural gas customers. The rate filing dated April 16, 2010, proposes billions of dollars in infrastructure replacement programs with an estimated completion timeframe of over 20 years.

The rate increase National Grid is seeking is actually three years prior to the deadline of the current 10 year rate case approved by Massachusetts state utility regulatory agency the Department of Public Utilities, or the “DPU” in 2003 under DPU docket 03-40.

The New England Gas Workers Association (NEGWA) opposes the rate proposal as planned, stating the rate plan as filed is certainly not in the best interest of ratepayers and their families, as well as their members who most are ratepayers as well.

NEGWA’s president, Mark McDonald, had this to say regarding NEGWA’s opposition to the company’s plans;

The infrastructure replacement program, the key component in this rate plan in our opinion, is not good for anyone other than their shareholders.

“The companies plan is to have Massachusetts ratepayers build National Grid a “new” gas company and reduce staffing and services for its customers, while generating valuable gains for National Grid in terms of increased throughput designed to allow the ability to add thousands of ratepayers, as well as relieving the burden of gaming access to hundreds of thousands of homes to perform regular mandated maintenance, by moving gas meters outside the home at their current customers expense.”

McDonald is clear in adding, NEGWA is not supporting leaving leak ridden, hazardous piping in the ground”. “What we would like to see is a fiscal approach to updating, and maintaining our infrastructure”.

This could easily be established with necessary replacement plans, as well as a maintain plan, designed to control aging leaks with repair and increased efforts in monitoring gas leaks that are not repaired immediately.

McDonald also points to pending legislation sponsored by State Representative Lori Ehrlich (Dem) from Marblehead, designed to require gas companies in the state, perform efficient and safe leak repairs within 36 months from detection. There are also several triggers designed to protect trees and vegetation from damage due to oxygen displacement caused by gas leaks. “If this legislation reaches the approval of Beacon Hill, it would mandate all gas company’s in the state, including National Grid take aggressive steps in maintaining OUR gas distribution system and negate the debate over questionable infrastructure replacement programs costing billions of dollars more out of our pockets each winter!”

To add insult to injury NEGWA notes, the company is planning on bringing out of state workers in excess of 400 into Massachusetts (National Grid has even held discussions with their United Kingdom sub-contractors on this subject), to perform this questionable work, and then take the money from Massachusetts ratepayers and return home to boost their state or countries economy!

McDonald mentions in closing, “we would like to see National Grid do the right thing here in Massachusetts, and agree to a reasonable approach to infrastructure replacement and leak management, as well as promoting the future of its employees and their families, which in turn will help support the Massachusetts economy instead of sending large sums of money back to England”.

Does this sound familiar to Massachusetts residents??

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The Sierra Nevada Carbon Cooperative Is Actively Engaged In The First Pilot Project Based On Avoided Deforestation

The Sierra Nevada Carbon Cooperative (SNCC) can’t tell you the price for watching the Alpenglow sunset over Waddle Ranch, but they can tell you the price for carbon offsets created by preserving this 1,500 acre property. As fine a vision as open spaces in the setting sun may be, the bigger benefit here is the potential for a model that finances forest conservation.

The Sierra Business Council created the Sierra Nevada Carbon Cooperative in 2008 with start-up funding through a Sierra Nevada Conservancy grant. The SNCC is actively engaged in the first pilot project based on avoided deforestation—carbon credits for preventing the planned residential and golf course development.

The Waddle Ranch project in Martis Valley will be registered and verified this month with the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR). Based on the inventory of the carbon pools on the forest and a calculation of the baseline, CCAR serializes each ton of carbon registered. These can be permanently retired once purchased or held in the project’s account. The SNCC acts as a liaison, connecting buyers of carbon offsets, landowners, and CCAR, to develop, register, and market these forest carbon offsets. Funds are returned to land owners, allowing owners to finance the conservation and ongoing stewardship of their land.

The Sierra Nevada region is a prime location for carbon offset projects. SNCC forest projects are certified under the highest standards, ensuring multiple co-benefits, such as protecting California’s upper watershed lands, maintaining wildlife habitat, and fostering a new green economy in a region with a long history of resource extraction.

“We’re examining how to maintain the Sierra Nevada as a carbon sink rather than a carbon source in order to draw more [carbon] out of the atmosphere than we are emitting. The Sierra Nevada will be a model and we must begin examining alternative forest management methods if we want to mitigate and plan for climate change in the state of California.” Betony Jones, Sierra Business Council

Come hear SNCC program director Betony Jones discuss this project, and other important carbon impact reduction programs from the Environmental Defense Fund and The Nature Conservancy at the Sierra Solutions conference.

Web Site:

Contact Details: ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: SIERRA SOLUTIONS—Tools for Sustainable Communities, Economies and the Environment
October 3-4, 2008

Mammoth Resort Conference Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA

Hosted by The Sierra Business Council and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, SIERRA SOLUTIONS highlights leading sustainability speakers.

More on Sierra Nevada Carbon Credits

Media: Pamela Biery, 530.470.9292
Conference: Nikki Streegan, 530.582.4800
Details on Sierra Nevada Carbon Cooperative, Betony Jones, 530.582.4800

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Cost Efficient Way to Heat Homes or Shops This Winter With Wood

With the heat still affecting much of the USA, sitting back in the easy chair in a warm home is probably the last thing homeowners would be thinking about in late September. However, it is time to be thinking of an alternative heating solution for your home. Instead of letting your money go up the chimney, why not look into a forced air wood burning furnace that sits outside.

Scott Bradley an expert in outside wood heaters at Bradley Enterprises suggests that now is the time to be selecting a heater and getting it installed prior to the heating season.

“Now before fall or winter even arrives is the time to be thinking about what to do with those high heating bills you will have coming.” Scott Bradley says, sales manager of Bradley Enterprises in Ozark, Missouri. “Waiting till late fall is not a good option since demand will outstrip supply of outside wood furnaces like last fall and winter. You will be faced with a long wait for a furnace. This could have you installing on a cold winter day instead of a nice fall afternoon.”

If you have access to wood, and live in a mainly rural area an outdoor wood heater would be the ideal alternative heat source for your home or shop. Always be sure and check with your local zoning board to make sure a unit could be installed on your property.

Several factors that will influence the prices of heating oil, propane, natural gas, and electricity in the upcoming winter season October 2007 thru March 2008 include:

1. China and India and other areas of the world have a strong demand for diesel fuel which is similar to home heating oil.

2. Tight crude supply and political unrest in several areas of the world (Middle East tension, Iran, Nigeria just to name a few places).

3. Hurricane related interruptions in supply.

4. A lack of excess production capacity, in the past other areas of the world could make up for production disruptions in another area. Now, with an increase in demand all over the world the excess does not exist.

5. The amount of winter weather we have as transportation of heating oil can be slowed by snowy roads or frozen rivers.

These are just some of the reasons heating your home could be more expensive this winter season. All the different heating source usually follow one another in pricing during a winter season.

Homeowners that are interested in burning wood in a outside wood heater should find them priced from $1400.00 to $7-8000 dollars it will depend on the style, options or size of the heating unit.

More information on outside heating units can be found online very easily by using a search engine like Google or Yahoo. Looking for information by using “outside wood heater, outside wood furnace, outdoor furnace” will bring up a variety of manufacturers product lines.

For more information on the news included in this release (or an interview) contact Scott Bradley or visit

About Bradley Enterprises:
In business over 19 years selling forced air outside wood furnaces locally and shipping throughout the entire USA from the website. Number one in sales volume of the Lil’house outside the house forced air wood furnace.


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