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January 29, 2013
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  • Calif. residents form co-ops to save on propane
    Last winter, more than 200 residents of Bonny Doon, Calif., formed a propane cooperative in a bid to reduce their heating costs. Residents of the neighboring community of Boulder Creek followed suit and are creating their own co-op. "I think that many individuals feel that group buying is advantageous," said Jim Dassel, president of Dassel's Petroleum. Press-Banner (Scotts Valley, Calif.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New generators pack power, technology
    Generators on display at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas included standby units built by Briggs & Stratton for General Electric ranging between 8,000 and 10,000 watts that can be monitored via smartphone or laptop. Also included was Generac's propane-powered LP5500, a portable unit that provides 5,500 watts. ConsumerReports.org (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New-home sales in U.S. dropped 7.3% in December
    Sales of U.S. new homes fell 7.3% in December, the Commerce Department said. Still, sales totaled 367,000 for all of 2012, the most since 2009. The 19.9% increase for the year marked the sharpest jump since 1983. Bloomberg (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shell CEO sees more U.S. LNG exports by decade's end
    Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser believes the U.S. will authorize further exports of liquefied natural gas by decade's end, but the country won't surpass Qatar and Australia to become the largest LNG exporter in the world. "Exports will happen," Voser said. "But I hope that the U.S. will actually keep most of the gas back because it will help them to industrialize parts of the U.S. more." Bloomberg (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • New technology could help geothermal energy go mainstream
    AltaRock Energy, a Google-backed startup, has developed a technology that injects water into deep rock formations, cracking them open and creating geothermal power sources. That could help commercialize geothermal energy by allowing developers to build out installations independently of naturally occurring sites. GigaOm (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • N.Y. propane group offers winter safety tips
    The New York Propane Gas Association is advising residents to check their propane tanks for blockage and to sweep snow away from tanks, vents and flue pipes to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Residents should also mark the location of their tanks to avoid shoveling or plowing on top of them if they become covered with snow. Homeowners should also ensure they have a sufficient amount of propane in case of a winter storm. The Chronicle (Chester, N.Y.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Council Meets Feb. 14 by Conference Call
    The Propane Education & Research Council will meet by conference call on Feb. 14. Get in touch with PERC's Anna Lombardo at 202-452-8975 to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Third Thursday Webinar Available
    The Third Thursday webinar for January covers propane autogas vehicles from Roush CleanTech and is available at autogasusa.org. Launch the webinar. Roush CleanTech's Director of Marketing Brian Carney is featured. A presentation deck is also available. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • GM is still playing the field in emerging markets, says CEO
    General Motors is rethinking its emerging-markets strategy, which has focused on a partnership with Chinese automaker SAIC Motor Corp., says CEO Dan Akerson. GM will continue to work with SAIC in Asia, Akerson said, but will explore other relationships in Russia and Latin America, including a possible tie-in with French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen. Reuters (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to reach outside your company for innovation
    Open innovation can be a powerful tool for companies hoping to cut creative costs while still coming up with ideas, writes John Dillard. Still, it's important to be realistic about how much time and energy you can invest in open innovation. "[C]hoosing the right path can be difficult, as organizations must weigh the benefits and liabilities of using outside help against developing technology internally," Dillard writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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