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December 21, 2012
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  • Propane isn't just for barbecue grills
    Propane does more than just provide fuel for grills, as it is becoming a popular alternative fuel for vehicles, writes Jim Motavalli. Propane autogas makes a lot of economic and environmental sense, especially for fleet operators who want to reduce costs and emissions, he writes. "From the industry's perspective, propane conversions aren't an option for car owners, but they do make sense for fleets. We see a big market early on in the conversion of existing trucks," said Joe Rose, president of the Propane Gas Association of New England. Mother Nature Network (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Market Intelligence 
  • Canadian firm joins Alliance AutoGas
    Wilsons Fuel, which serves the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, has joined Alliance AutoGas. "We joined Alliance AutoGas because it is the world's most reliable program to help fleets switch to autogas," said Gary Highfield, general manager at Wilsons. "Autogas is the most viable fuel on the market for fleets because it's clean, it costs less than gasoline and installing autogas fueling stations is not expensive. As an Alliance partner, we're now able to help fleets throughout Atlantic Canada start saving on fuel costs right away by running vehicles on autogas." TMCNet.com/Green Technology World (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama: Oil, gas production technologies give U.S. an energy edge
    The U.S. natural gas boom is providing the country more leeway in energy relations with the Middle East, said President Barack Obama. "The United States is going to be a net exporter of energy because of new technologies and what we're doing with natural gas and oil," Obama said, adding that he expects continued reductions in oil imports. Reuters (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Housing starts down 3%, but new permits up 3.6%
    Homebuilding, which had risen sharply in the previous two months, dropped in November. The number of permits issued, however, increased to 899,000 annualized, the highest level in four years. "We're headed higher, and next year is going to be the best year for housing starts that we've seen since 2007," said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh. Bloomberg (12/19), The Wall Street Journal (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Study: Shale energy could sustain nearly 30,000 W.Va. jobs
    West Virginia's shale gas development could sustain almost 30,000 jobs by 2020, according to figures in a study by the Institute for 21st Century Energy, an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The study also found that shale energy production could support 58,000 jobs by 2035. "The latest installment of this study allows us to quantify just how significant the impact on West Virginia's economy will be. It provides all the more reason to strongly support responsible shale energy development," said institute President and CEO Karen Harbert. The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.) (12/19), Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Fort Campbell unveils new fire training facility
    Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services in Kentucky unveiled its new fire training facility this week. "After many years of planning, requesting and crossing our fingers, this training facility is finally a reality. This facility will provide firefighters a safe, controlled environment to practice their skills," said Kevin Baylor, fire chief at the Army base. The facility features a CH-47 Chinook helicopter fire trainer and a structural fire training tower. The Fort Campbell Courier (Ky.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maine officials urge safety amid spike in CO poisoning
    Health officials are strongly reminding Maine residents to keep themselves safe during this winter season as instances of carbon monoxide poisoning rise in the state. "Having an electric carbon monoxide detector with a battery backup near where people sleep can save lives and is especially important when heating your home. But it is even more important to keep carbon monoxide from ever building up in your home," said Sheila Pinette, director of the state Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Preview Videos for the Crane and Safety Series are Online
    The Propane Education & Research Council will soon release its crane operator safety program, and its comprehensive Propane Personal Safety Training Series. A preview video for the crane operators program is available. The three-part personal safety series offers insight and training for on-the-job safety. A preview video is available. Get in touch with Gira Joshi at 202-452-8975 to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bobtail Drivers Must Be Prepared for Roadside Stops
    The Department of Transportation requires propane delivery drivers to inspect their vehicles and document all maintenance before driving on public highways. Bobtail drivers who are stopped by the police and don't have the proper paperwork could be fined as much as $2,500. The Propane Education & Research Council's E-Learning Propane Delivery Operations & Cylinder Delivery program includes training on roadside stops. View a re-creation of a stop of a bobtail driver by a police officer or read a PDF version. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Why smart CEOs sabotage themselves
    Many bosses reach the top of their profession by sacrificing and playing by the rules during their 20s and 30s, only to find themselves veering off course as they grow older, writes Brian Gast. That can lead to poor strategic decision-making, unprofessionalism and moral lapses, or even problem behaviors such as gambling and infidelity. To avoid self-sabotage, it's important to be honest about your unmet needs, and to find less destructive ways to channel your energies. ThoughtLeaders blog (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Good leaders are great communicators
    Would-be leaders should prioritize developing their communication skills, writes Gretchen Rosswurm. That means mastering public speaking, corporate communications and interpersonal communication skills. "You may be hired for what you know, but you'll be promoted for your ability to influence people," Rosswurm writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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