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December 10, 2012
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  • PERC touts benefits of propane-fueled farm equipment
    The Propane Education & Research Council demonstrated the benefits of using propane-powered irrigation equipment during Taylor & Messick's annual auction of farm machinery in Harrington, Del., on Dec. 1. "Propane-fueled irrigation engines are more reliable and cost effective than electric or diesel engines," said Mark Leitman, PERC's director of business development and marketing. "They can perform over vast acreage and in a variety of weather conditions, while improving irrigation efficiency, minimizing negative environmental effects and maximizing yields." Lancaster Farming (Pa.) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Propane is third-cheapest fuel to heat homes this winter
    A recent forecast by the Energy Information Administration listed propane as the third-cheapest home heating fuel this winter. An estimated 5.6 million homes nationwide use propane as a heating source, with each home in the Northeast spending about $2,386. Of the four main fuels compared -- oil, natural gas, electricity and propane -- natural gas is the most popular and has an average cost of $1,024 in the Northeast, while oil is the most expensive, with an average Northeast cost of $2,526. The Christian Science Monitor (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Elevator company touts propane autogas-powered vehicles
    Georgia-based ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas has chosen propane autogas to reduce fuel costs and the company's carbon footprint. Fleet Director Tom Armstrong said the company is pleased with the fuel's performance and the fact that it helped the firm immediately achieve its 2015 goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 20%. The company has 54 propane autogas-fueled vehicles and plans to boost the total to about 300 by 2015. Fleet Owner (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas school district gets grant for propane-fueled buses
    The Railroad Commission of Texas granted $739,059 to the Midland Independent School District to acquire propane-fueled buses and propane fueling stations. "It's beneficial to the taxpayers of the school district to reduce the operating cost by using propane rather than diesel fuel," Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter said. KMID-TV (Midland, Texas) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. overall NGL production could double by 2022
    Output of natural gas liquids in the U.S. is projected to shoot up from the current 2.1 million barrels per day to 4.36 million barrels per day by 2022, before ethane rejection, according to Jennifer Brickle, senior NGL analyst at Bentek Energy. Most of the NGLs will come from the Eagle Ford, Permian, Rockies, Anadarko and Utica-Marcellus areas. She added that as ethane rejection increases, supply of propane will rise from 1 million to 1.5 million barrels per day by 2022, pushing for the market to increase exports to balance the supply. SNL Financial (free content) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Hypres Equipment enters CNG vehicle-fueling market
    Hypres Equipment, a compressor manufacturer in Oklahoma City, has designed a home fueling unit for automobiles that use compressed natural gas. Smart Fill CNG can supply fuel for about $1 per gallon and is the only unit on the market that is made in the U.S., according to company President Ron Peeler. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Ore. regulators OK initial step in clean-fuels plan
    The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted 4-1 to move forward with a rule directing fuel marketers to report the carbon content of motor fuels sold in the state. It is now up to Oregon's lawmakers to decide whether to require those firms to reduce the carbon in their fuels by 10% per gallon by 2025. Gov. John Kitzhaber has said his administration won't authorize the reduction unless the 2015 sunset date of the state's clean-fuels initiative is extended. The Oregonian (Portland) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Menards Launches Public Propane Autogas Stations
    Home improvement retailer Menards will hold a ribbon cutting on Dec. 12 for the 36 public propane autogas refueling stations it will operate at its stores in Illinois. Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council, will speak at the ceremony that begins at 10 a.m. Central time at the Menards in Hodgkins, Ill. Learn more about propane autogas. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Fireplaces Add Value to a Customer's Home
    Marketers have many choices to offer customers considering investing in a fireplace. Propane is an excellent fuel for fireplaces, and many models qualify for green building programs. Learn more about new fireplace options, and check out the Propane Education & Research Council's online product directory of hearth products from a variety of manufacturers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Smart leaders have a taste for low-hanging fruit
    Want to quickly improve your leadership? Focus on identifying and picking low-hanging fruit, suggests Scott Eblin. "Don't overcomplicate things. Look for behaviors that are relatively easy to do and remember and likely to make a difference in how others experience you as a leader," Eblin writes. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Give your employees the gift of leadership development
    The best bosses know when to step back and let their employees take the lead, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Leadership development shouldn't be reserved for people with a formal title, Miller explains. "When you provide your team members with an opportunity to exercise their leadership muscles, you're giving them a tremendous gift," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.,
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