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October 11, 2012
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  • EIA: Heating bills to climb as winter weather returns to normal
    Homeowners will have to spend more for home heating this winter despite the stable prices of heating fuels as winter weather is expected to return to normal, according to the Energy Information Administration's Winter Fuels Outlook. Heating costs for propane customers will climb by 13% while natural gas customers' heating bills will rise by 15%, EIA said in the report. Last year, consumers spent less on home heating because of the unusually mild winter. (10/10), Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Maine city considers converting school to propane, gas heating
    The Board of Education in Augusta, Maine, is considering a proposal to switch a school's oil-powered boiler to a propane heating system. Board members will decide whether to enter into a 20-year lease-purchase agreement to make the switch. The propane system could be converted to natural gas once that fuel becomes available in the city, and a solar hot air system eventually would be added. Kennebec Journal (Maine) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Revitalized chemical industry is expected because of shale
    The abundance of U.S. shale natural gas is expected to reduce expenses and increase domestic production for the chemicals industry, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. "Not only could the abundance of [natural gas liquids] help drive reduced pricing for derivative products, it could also potentially drive domestic re-shoring activity and possibly bring about a favorable shift in the U.S. balance of trade as ethylene capacity comes online," said Anthony J. Scamuffa, head of U.S. chemicals at PwC. (10/9), Platts (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ExxonMobil says natural gas plays key role in EU energy mix
    Increasing the share of natural gas in Europe's energy mix can help lessen greenhouse-gas emissions and encourage EU countries to shift to cleaner fuels, an ExxonMobil executive said. "When Europe is struggling with the challenge of reducing [carbon dioxide] emissions and supporting growth in renewables, gas-fired power generation is an important consideration and really the only one that can support renewables," said Linda DuCharme, the company's director of Europe, Russia and the Caspian. Bloomberg (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The case for bosses using jealousy as a workplace motivator
    Envy can be a powerful motivator, some experts say. Clumsy attempts to incite workers can demoralize them, but judiciously applied envy can go a long way. "When you are happy with your performance, then it is hard to be motivated to work harder and to do more. ... You need some discomfort to push yourself to a higher level of achievement," says psychology professor Art Markman. CNNMoney/Fortune (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to streamline your organization
    Nearly every firm could stand to shed some of its flab, efficiency consultant Andrew Jensen says. Better training and organization can help, but the real key is to carefully monitor costs for signs of waste. "I encourage business owners to evaluate, evaluate, evaluate," Jensen says. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PERC Preps Outreach at Major Mower Trade Show
    The Propane Education & Research Council will conduct outreach to landscape contractors at the GIE+Expo 2012 in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 24 through 26 at the Kentucky Expo Center. PERC will be in booth 7094, and is seeking industry volunteers to help it discuss with landscape pros the benefits of propane and its Propane Mower Incentive Program. Contact PERC's Jeremy Wishart at 202-452-8975 to volunteer. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Portable Propane Heater Works for Jobsites
    Not only is propane the optimum fuel for home appliances, but it also is a great fuel for the tools that construction workers use, according to the Propane Energy Update. The article "Portable Convenience on the Jobsite" describes Mr. Heater's portable forced-air propane heater that delivers 3,500 Btus of heat per 8-hour workday on one charge. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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