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October 22, 2012
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  • PERC's Willis: Include propane in U.S. energy mix
    U.S. leaders should include propane in the country's energy mix and not just focus on a single fuel to achieve energy independence, writes Propane Education & Research Council President & CEO Roy Willis. "[W]e need our leaders to pave the way for the right fuels for the right applications, rather than forcing any one fuel to play the impossible role of a silver bullet," Willis writes. "[P]ropane stands out as offering the triple bottom line of sustainability: people, planet and profit. This makes propane a strong contender to displace gasoline and diesel in applications like trucks, vans, buses, mowers, irrigation engines and construction equipment," Willis adds. The Hill/Congress Blog (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Study: High costs deter Americans from adopting alt-fuels
    The high costs of adopting alternative fuel technologies are keeping Americans from making the switch, Harris Interactive found in its recent poll commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council. While most Americans support environmentally friendly products and technologies, the high "adoption costs" deter them from using the products. Fleet Owner/Trucks at Work blog (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. village OKs proposal for portable propane tank
    Crystal Flash Energy was granted a special-use permit for its plan to install a portable 18,000-gallon propane storage tank at its facility in White Pigeon, Mich. The company assured the public the tank would be safe. "The company would have a 12-month option to become a permanent business on the site," said Crystal Flash General Manager John Wazniak. Sturgis (Mich.) Journal (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ore. school hosts National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day
    Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Ore., hosted the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey last week "to bring alternative fuels into the limelight," said Bryan Schiedler, automotive program instructor at the college. Vehicles fueled by propane autogas, compressed natural gas, electricity and other alternative fuels were showcased during the event. "It's a glimpse into the future and the kind of things we'll be focusing on at the new center. These are the kinds of vehicles and clean fuels that will relieve our spending billions each year on foreign oil," Schiedler said. Corvallis Gazette-Times (Ore.) (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maine school takes part in national alt-fuel expo
    Southern Maine Community College in South Portland was among the more than 160 venues of the recently held National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey where vehicles that run on propane autogas, natural gas and electricity were put on display. "The reason that we're doing this is for energy independence. We as a nation have 2 percent of the world's reserves of petroleum and we use 25 percent of the petroleum in the market," said Steve Linnell, Clean Cities coordinator for the Greater Portland Council of Governments. Maine Public Broadcasting Network (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Unconventional gas and oil drilling a boon for water-treatment firms
    The highly saline wastewater generated by hydraulic fracturing is expected to create demand for water treatment in the Marcellus Shale region. That demand is set to increase between 10% and 20% across North America each year through 2025 -- and there's room for creativity among water treatment companies. "It's a great industry for a water-treatment chemist and for a consultant -- everyone is still figuring things out," said desalination expert Tom Pankratz. Chemical & Engineering News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China is likely to tap shale gas for petrochemical uses
    The U.S. leads in the race to use shale natural gas for plastics and other petrochemical production, but China will be next, according to this analysis. "If you look at it in terms of who will be the first to commercialize shale gas and who will be second, No. 1 will be the U.S., but No. 2 will be China because they need new energy sources very fast," said Balaji Singh, president of Chemical Market Resources. (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Halliburton expresses concern about BP's Gulf spill settlement
    A proposed settlement between BP and the individuals and businesses affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill would form a "collusive alliance" against Halliburton, the company said. "The settlement agreements will improperly align the interests of BP and the settling plaintiffs in any subsequent trial on liability in this court," said Donald Godwin, a lawyer representing Halliburton. Under the agreement, plaintiffs could seek larger payments from Halliburton and the other defendants in the case, Godwin said. Bloomberg (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Are your workers disconnected? What will you do?
    Good leadership is about battling disconnection, writes Debbie Nicol. When workers disconnect from one another, from their managers and from the company's goals and culture, disaster swiftly follows, Nicol warns. "Effective leadership dispels confusion, corruption and disconnection by demonstrating authenticity and building a foundation of trust," she writes. Great Leadership (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • PERC Updates Energy POD for Homes
    The Propane Education & Research Council has updated the Propane Energy Pod which instantly compares and provides the data on energy costs, Home Energy Rating System score and carbon dioxide emissions for one year for homes using propane, heating oil and electricity. The Propane Energy Pod adds up the numbers for a homeowner's five most common energy needs -- space heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying, and fireplaces. Check out the Propane Energy Pod. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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