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October 5, 2012
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  • Study: Propane is a growing domestic energy source
    Propane has become a greater domestic energy source as U.S. supply continues to grow thanks to shale production, according to a study by ICF International. The U.S. has become a net exporter of propane over the past three years as U.S. production exceeds domestic demand, the study states. "Propane is not getting the credit it deserves as being part of the same set of trends in the energy industry. ... This report lays out clearly and simply the story and data behind the story to show that if we're talking about energy security, we should be talking about propane as well as natural gas," said ICF energy analyst Mike Sloan. (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Virgin Islands agency considers using LPG, LNG for generators
    The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority has submitted two requests for qualifications to convert its diesel-powered generators and desalination plants to liquefied natural gas to slash consumer rates. Since the conversion "may take several years" to complete, the agency seeks propane suppliers to provide a "bridging supply" while the conversion to LNG is under way. "Because of its reliance on fuel oil and continually escalating oil prices worldwide, WAPA's customer rates are generally higher than in most regions of the United States," WAPA said in its request. The Virgin Island Daily News (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Labor Dept. focuses on STEM initiatives to produce nat-gas workers
    The Department of Labor is working to avoid a skills shortage in the natural gas industry by expanding programs that promote science, technology, engineering and math fields, said department official Jane Oates. The department has funded grants with equipment donated by the industry, though the future of the initiative could be public-private partnerships, Oates said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research & Development 
  • Smaller firms are surpassing majors in energy exploration
    Small energy firms are expected to spearhead the exploration of new basins, said Simon Flowers, head of corporate analysis at Wood Mackenzie. Companies such as Tullow Oil and Anadarko Petroleum have surpassed energy majors in discovering large amounts of hydrocarbons over the past half decade, Flowers said. "Independents are dominating new frontiers," he said. Platts (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Expert: Caring companies foster safety as a corporate value
    Company bosses who want to establish a culture of safety in their company should begin by boosting their employees' self-esteem and caring for the welfare of their workers, writes industry analyst Jay Johnston. "The most important thing a corporation can do to improve its safety culture is to care about its employees," he writes. "You show me an environment where the worker is highly valued, and I'll show you a culture where safety is a high priority. With self worth will come understanding and the ability to internalize corporate values." (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Scrap your PowerPoint slides and start telling stories
    PowerPoint slideshows are useless unless you've already figured out how to tell memorable and compelling stories, writes Paul Smith. Stories motivate workers, persuade potential customers and drive your company's narrative, Smith explains. "Master the art of storytelling, and you'll be a far more effective leader no matter what line of work you're in," he promises. ThoughtLeaders blog (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 ways to better understand your workers
    Understanding the people around you takes hard work, writes Mary Jo Asmus. To figure out what's really going on in your workers' heads, try observing them more closely, engaging with them more fully and trying to suppress your reflexive assumptions about their motivations. "Challenge what you think you know about others by using all of you. You might be pleasantly surprised," Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Bobtail Drivers Must Be Prepared for Roadside Stops
    Federal rules require propane delivery drivers to inspect their vehicles and document all maintenance before driving on public highways. A bobtail driver without the proper paperwork can be fined as much as $2,500. View the Propane Education & Research Council's E-Learning Propane Delivery Operations & Cylinder Delivery roadside stop scenario of a bobtail driver pulled over by law enforcement. Download a PDF version. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Crane Operator Rules Affect Propane Industry
    Marketers who use cranes when installing or moving propane tanks must prepare to meet new federal certification rules by passing written and hands-on tests. This includes operators of most truck-mounted articulating (knuckle boom) and telescopic (stick boom) cranes. The Propane Education & Research Council will release later this year a training program to help crane operators prepare for the tests. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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