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January 7, 2013
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  • EIA: U.S. propane inventories dip by 2.18 million barrels
    U.S. propane and propylene stocks declined by 2.18 million barrels in the week that ended Dec. 28, settling at 66.67 million barrels, the Energy Information Administration reported. Inventories in the Midwest, Gulf Coast and West Coast all took a dive, while supplies in the East Coast climbed by 51,000 barrels, according to the report. Platts (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. firm believes autogas vehicles could become mainstream
    Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Crystal Flash believes that propane autogas-fueled vehicles could become more mainstream as more fleet operators turn to the fuel. "I would guess it's going to be a three-year ramp-up. The first adopters would be business fleets," said company President Tom Fehsenfeld. Crystal Flash recently joined the Alliance AutoGas network to help fleets make the switch to the fuel. The Holland Sentinel (Mich.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Canadian firm encourages fleets to convert to propane autogas
    Canadian energy firm Wilson Fuel is encouraging fleet operators to convert their vehicles to propane autogas and take advantage of the fuel's benefits. "It's not just dollar savings; it's a greener alternative. Propane is practically as clean as natural gas," said General Manager Gary Highfield. Wilson Fuel recently joined Alliance AutoGas to assist fleet owners and managers with transitioning their vehicles to propane autogas. The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts: Expect green-building expansion globally in 2013
    Green building in the U.S. is expected to rebound this year, after Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects represented 20% of all new put-in-place construction in 2012, experts say. The greatest expansion of green building will be in retrofits, they predict. Other expected trends in green building for 2013 include automation of building management through the cloud, greater use of solar power, growing awareness of freshwater supply problems, the increasing presence of zero-net-energy buildings, and an acceleration of green building in places such as China, Singapore, the EU and Brazil. Sustainable Industries (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Report: U.S. provides excellent model for shale-gas development
    The U.S. model of extracting shale natural gas should be studied elsewhere, according to a report released by Accenture. "Successful oil and gas operators will be those that understand the local water challenges, leverage the learning from the U.S. plays, and develop the right water sourcing, use-reuse, treatment, disposal, and supply chain strategy," said Melissa Stark of Accenture. Oil & Gas Journal (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Mass. town wants court to keep propane tanks out
    Residents in Grafton, Mass., are protesting the transfer of four 80,000-gallon propane tanks into the town at Grafton & Upton Railroad's planned propane transfer station and want a court to permanently prohibit the company from carrying out its plan. "We are taking every action we can to keep the tanks from coming into this town. However, if pre-emption is determined by the federal board and the facility is allowed to be constructed, the town will work to make this the safest possible facility in town," said David Ross, chairman of the town's Board of Selectmen. Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New Crane Operator Training Program Available
    The new Mobile Crane Safety in the Propane Industry training program teaches crane operators, field technicians, and managers the best practices and procedures for the safe operation of a mobile crane. The Propane Education & Research Council program includes a DVD, and a CD containing a training manual and a PowerPoint presentation. Learn more and order the program from PERC's Propane MaRC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Sales Forecasting Tool is Updated
    Marketers can research propane demand forecasts through 2020 by using the updated Propane Database and Forecasting Model from the Propane Education & Research Council and ICF International. This free Excel application helps marketers analyze market trends, identify opportunities and challenges, inform strategic business decisions and evaluate the potential impact of propane usage trends. Visit the Propane MaRC to download the new PDFM. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • If you save the company money, make some noise
    Many managers aim to outperform their spending targets, but not all realize the importance of quickly reporting revised spending projections, writes Paul Smith of Procter & Gamble. Not reporting savings can lead senior managers to make important strategic decisions based on inaccurate information. "If you've figured out a way to save more money, by all means do it. Just let management know about it," Smith writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • It's time for leaders to get real
    Leadership should be about facing up to uncomfortable realities, not about burying your head in the sand, writes George Ambler. Only reality-based leadership can inspire employees or bring long-term strategic success. "Convincing ourselves that things are better or different from reality is never a good idea," he writes. George Ambler blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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