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October 17, 2012
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  • Propane autogas vehicles get limelight at Ga. agricultural expo
    Propane autogas vehicles were showcased Tuesday at the 35th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Expo in Moultrie, Ga., where manufacturers, industries and universities exhibited the latest innovations in agricultural technology. "The thing about propane, it's an American-made fuel. We get 90 percent of our propane here in the United States. We don't import it," said Bill Moore, alternative fuel manager at Georgia Propane Gas Associates. The company celebrated propane's 100 years in Georgia during the expo. WALB-TV (Albany, Ga.) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • AmeriGas is bullish to earn more this fiscal year
    AmeriGas Propane is confident that it will earn higher net income this fiscal year if the U.S. experiences "normal" winter weather. The company predicts net income of $244 million to $274 million for the year ending in September 2013, which is higher than Wall Street analysts' prediction of $236.7 million. The industry was hurt by low demand during last year's warm winter. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumers shouldn't fret about rising fuel demand, costs this winter
    Americans should not be alarmed about recent forecasts that heating fuel costs will spike because of increased demand from normal winter weather, writes Alyssa Oursler. A recent report by the Energy Information Administration predicts that the U.S. will experience a normal winter this year, which means American households' heating expenses would also only return to normal after last year's mild winter, Oursler adds. Also, relatively low fuel prices and abundant U.S. natural gas supplies should be enough to provide a cushion for the market, she writes. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher natural gas prices could boost dry-gas drilling, execs say
    Energy firms could ramp up drilling in dry natural gas formations if prices reach at least $4 per million British thermal units, according to executives. Dry-gas region development has slowed because current month-ahead rates remain about $3.50 per million British thermal units. "Consistent pricing above $4/MMBtu must be in place before we move back into dry-gas plays," said Chad Stephens, senior vice president of corporate development at Range Resources. Platts (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • Hawaii Gas rolls out bobtail truck to promote cancer awareness
    Hawaii Gas has rolled out a pink bobtail truck to raise breast cancer awareness. The company partnered with the state affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for the advocacy. Hawaii Gas will also support the charity's Race for the Cure on Sunday by sponsoring a team of employees who will raise funds during the event. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Eagle Ford Shale is touted as a premier U.S. play
    The Eagle Ford Shale in Texas is emerging as one of the premier unconventional plays in the U.S., experts said during a conference in San Antonio. The Eagle Ford began as a natural gas play, but weak prices for the commodity prompted drillers to focus on more profitable crude oil and natural gas liquids. "This is just an amazing oil story in the middle of what started as a gas play," said Mark Sooby, Bank of America Merrill Lynch's managing director of energy investment banking. San Antonio Express-News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Store propane tanks outside the house, fire safety official says
    Jim Landis, fire department spokesman and fire educator in Gastonia, N.C., is reminding homeowners to store propane tanks outside to keep the house safe in case of a leak. "Let's leave them outside in case they do leak to the outside air, but don't store them in the house," Landis said after a house fire in the city that was caused by a propane leak. WBTV-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Public education on fracking is needed, Shell exec says
    Educating the public about hydraulic fracturing is job No. 1 for the industry, said Matthias Bichsel, Royal Dutch Shell's director of projects and technology. "I absolutely know we can do it safely, and at the same time I also know, and I'm very sad, that there have been incidents where it wasn't done safely. What we find generally in these cases is some shortcuts have been taken. That's exactly what we need to avoid," he said. Business Spectator (Australia) (10/16), The Australian (tiered subscription model) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Are you giving your workers too much information?
    Transparency is a good thing in principle, but that doesn't mean CEOs should over-share with their workers, writes Karin Hurt. "Disclosing too much of a plan in progress can be dangerous as things change. No need to get people worked up about something that might not materialize," she writes. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why Coke cares about empowering women
    Coca-Cola is determined to help women in developing countries, says Charlotte Oades, global director for women's economic empowerment. The empowerment of women boosts family buying power and broader economies, Oades explains. "Unless you have a sustainable community, you can't have a business," she says. CNNMoney/Fortune (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Propane Fuels Builder's Dream Home
    The new Propane Energy Update includes an article on a builder using propane to provide comfortable heat and upscale cooking amenities in his dream home. The home uses propane in the five key applications of the Propane Energy Pod, creating a whole-home energy package that maximizes energy efficiency, performance, and comfort. Learn more about using propane to lower home energy costs and decrease carbon emissions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free Safety Material Protects Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    Cold weather means customers spend more time inside, raising the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Propane Education & Research Council has created for marketers the Carbon Monoxide Safety module and brochure that can be shared with customers to prevent poisoning. The free materials are available in English and Spanish. Visit PERC's consumer safety modules, where the carbon monoxide module can be copied and e-mailed to customers. View PERC's consumer safety brochures. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • Correction
    An item in the Oct. 16 issue of PERC SmartBrief repeated an error from a source article regarding PERC's Dealer Demonstration program. Commercial dealers can test a propane-fueled mower for 90 hours under the program. SmartBrief regrets the error. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Correction
    An item in the Oct. 16 PERC SmartBrief misstated the location of the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey. The event will take place in Albany, Ore. SmartBrief regrets the error. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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