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October 12, 2012
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  • Mich. county to buy 60 autogas-powered mini-buses
    Genesee County, Mich., soon will have 60 new propane autogas-fueled mini-buses in its fleet. The Mass Transportation Authority Board approved the purchase, which will expand the county's autogas fleet to 72 vehicles, making it the nation's largest. "We feel the return on the investment is going to be substantial for us," said MTA Director Ed Benning. (Michigan) (free registration) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Amerigas Propane demonstrates autogas-powered vehicles in Ga.
    Amerigas Propane showcased several propane autogas-fueled vehicles during a regional alternative-fuel expo in Douglas, Ga. "It is a very clean product, you have very little particulate matter, and very little greenhouse gases, as compared to gasoline or diesel when you use propane as an alternative energy source," said Jeff Cliett, account manager at Amerigas Propane. WALB-TV (Albany, Ga.) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Autogas roadshows to visit Va., La.
    The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program's 2012 autogas roadshow is scheduled to visit Chesapeake, Va., on Oct. 18 and New Orleans on Oct. 25. Propane Education & Research Council representatives will be present to educate participants about the benefits of using the fuel. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EIA: U.S. propane stockpile settled at 75.9 million barrels last week
    Propane and propylene inventories in the U.S. climbed by 300,000 barrels last week and settled at 75.9 million barrels, according to the Energy Information Administration. The Gulf Coast registered the biggest increase, adding 500,000 barrels, while the Midwest was down 500,000. East Coast and West Coast supplies remained steady at 6.4 million barrels and 3.2 million barrels, respectively. Platts (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conversion center joins Alliance AutoGas network
    Vehicle processing and modification company AutoPort is the newest addition to Alliance AutoGas' growing network across the U.S. The company will help fleet managers in Delaware, eastern Virginia and eastern Maryland convert their vehicles to autogas. AutoPort will collaborate with Sharp Energy, another Alliance AutoGas partner, in converting fleets. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Energy expert recognizes benefits of propane fracking
    Propane fracturing greatly reduces on-site water consumption, augments well output and reduces risk of formation damage during fracking, writes energy engineer Scott McNally. Also, safety risks associated with propane fracking already exist in conventional fracturing to recover natural gas, McNally notes. "There may be some benefits to gelled propane, one of the biggest being a decrease in on-site water consumption. If it is truly better, the industry will recognize that and we could see a shift away from such water intensive fracking methods," McNally writes. In blog (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Expert: Install carbon monoxide detectors to prevent poisoning
    Carmen Long, an agent at North Carolina State University's Cooperative Extension Service, is encouraging homeowners to install carbon monoxide detectors after two children died from carbon monoxide poisoning last week in Surrey County, N.C. "We just want people to just be aware. It takes a second to happen and a second to protect ourselves if we have a carbon monoxide detector to prevent tragedy," she said. U.S. Fire Administration data indicate that more than 400 people die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning per year. The Mount Airy News (North Carolina) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Employers train workers to deal with stress
    More companies are using stress reduction techniques for workers. Programs include stretching, yoga and self-awareness of stress levels. Other efforts include training workers to think more positively and exposing them to more plants and sunshine. The Wall Street Journal (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • When others fail, your team can learn how to succeed
    People tend to learn more easily from the mistakes of others than from their own missteps, researchers say. That's a cognitive quirk that leaders can exploit to ensure workers adapt and learn quickly regardless of who was originally at fault, writes David Burkus. "[P]erhaps leaders need to spend more time reframing individual failures as positive learning experiences," Burkus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Poll: Government Should Lead on Domestic Energy Policy
    Americans want their government to take the lead on the adoption of domestic sources of energy, according to a national poll conducted in September by Harris Interactive. Nearly 80% of Americans want their political leaders to develop policy on domestic energy sources, the "Energy Habits, Awareness & Perceptions" poll found. However the country was nearly evenly split when it came to opinion on its current domestic energy policy. The poll found that 45% of Americans believe the nation is headed in the right direction for finding domestic energy sources, while 43% said the direction was wrong. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grow Your Construction Business with Homebuilder Associations
    Joining a local home builder association is a valuable way for marketers to expand their contacts and develop new clients, according to Bridget Scanlon, director of residential and commercial programs with the Propane Education & Research Council. "You will broaden your network of potential clients, increase the visibility of your company, and position yourself to be an expert," Scanlon told Propane News in this Q&A. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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