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December 12, 2012
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  • PERC's Willis: Propane is there when natural disasters strike
    Propane consistently proves to be an excellent energy source when natural disasters strike, and it is being used in such a capacity now in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, writes Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council. "The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross use a lot of propane (and other fuels) in disaster response. It is a preferred energy resource at relief stations and temporary shelters for displaced citizens, providing fuel for cooking, hot water, space heat, and generators," Willis writes. The Hill (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • U.S. propane retailers cast wary eye on 2013
    Propane retailers across the U.S. say their businesses are not better off than they were four years ago, according to LP Gas Magazine's State of the Industry survey. However, propane marketers see a huge opportunity in the construction industry by partnering with homebuilders and remodelers, especially as natural gas poses as a threat to propane. Retailers are also optimistic that propane autogas can help the industry grow gallons through vehicle conversions, the survey finds. LPGasMagazine.com (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japan sees big boost possible in imports of U.S. LPG
    Japan could increase its purchases of U.S. liquefied petroleum gas to about 20% of the country's total LPG imports, up from the current 1.1%, said Jun Matsuzawa, chairman of Japan's LPGas Association. "If the U.S. has an export capacity of around 10 million metric tons per year [of LPG], Japan should be seen as a stable buyer with a payment credibility and a trusted trade partner [of the U.S.], so that we estimate the purchase volume to be about 20%," Matsuzawa said. Platts (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Underwriters Laboratories OKs listing for Superior Energy dispensers
    Superior Energy Systems has received Underwriters Laboratories listing for its liquid propane gas dispensers. UL is an independent global company that conducts testing and certification to ensure products are safe to use before reaching the market. Superior Energy's LPG dispenser has a special temperature-compensated meter and a display panel that monitors the temperature and number of gallons delivered. LPGasMagazine.com (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Railroads continue to move oil in record amounts
    Pipeline networks in North Dakota and Texas are still unable to handle those states' rapidly increasing oil production. Railroads, including BNSF, have stepped up to provide service in North Dakota, where crude-by-rail shipments will continue "for at least the next three to five years," said Andy Lipow, Lipow Oil Associates president. Class I's are projected to transport more than 200,000 petroleum shipments this year, according to the Association of American Railroads. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (12/10), Bloomberg (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Polls show support for fracking in N.Y., Pa.
    Two recent polls of residents from New York and Pennsylvania showed growing support for hydraulic fracturing. A Siena College survey found that about 50% of residents of New York City and suburban areas favor upstate drilling, compared with 32% who are against development. A University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research poll, meanwhile, found that about 49% of respondents strongly or somewhat support a gas drilling boom in Washington County, Pa. Shale Reporter/The Associated Press (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Tenn. safety experts urge use of carbon monoxide detectors
    Safety officials in Tennessee are reminding residents to install working carbon monoxide detectors at home, especially in residences where propane and gas heaters are used. "The time has come, it's getting cold outside. ... Keep yourself safe and your family safe using these two items," one official said. WBBJ-TV (Jackson, Tenn.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • New Brochure Details Free Training for Builders
    A free brochure on continuing education credits is designed for local builders. The brochure from the Propane Education & Research Council highlights online courses that cover such topics as installation, products, applications and propane's environmental advantages. Most of the courses are available either as an on-demand webinar or in the PDF format. The brochure can be downloaded from this page on the Propane MaRC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Space Heater Safety is Right for Cold Weather
    Colder weather means it's time for marketers to share with customers season-appropriate safety modules from the Propane Education & Research Council. The "Using Space Heaters Safely" module provides tips on the proper use of propane-fueled space heaters and can be viewed in a few minutes. View the module. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Are your goals driving you crazy?
    Goal-setting is inherently stressful, so smart bosses clearly explain their intentions rather than simply announcing goals, writes Dana Theus. That helps defuse some of the tension, and makes it easier to find creative solutions. "Intentions ... are a leader's best friend for staying sane and accomplishing more," Theus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to unleash the power of "econovation"
    Innovation often falls short because it's developed without a clear sense of potential "economic and societal impact," writes Steve Faktor. One potential solution lies in the "econovation" metric, which grades innovations according to their profit potential, the consumer needs they serve and their ability to spur job creation and other societal goods. Forbes (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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