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December 26, 2012
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  • Seeking Alpha points to 3 MLPs that could do well
    Roger Conrad believes Enterprise Transfer Partners LP, Genesis Energy and Regency Energy Partners -- all master limited partnerships -- should do well in the coming year. In this piece he explains why, and the reasons have to do with growth prospects, potential mergers and relatively secure revenue mixes. Seeking Alpha (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wood pellets gain traction in Md. as renewable heating fuel
    Maryland is promoting the use of wood pellets to reduce heating costs in the state. The state offers rebates to residents who buy "cleaner-burning" wood stoves and "modern" pellet stoves to heat their homes. "It's the workhorse of renewable energy in Europe and should be in the United States," said Maine Energy Systems Director William Strauss, who was in the state recently to tout the fuel. The Baltimore Sun (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: More jobs created from Utica Shale development
    About 38,830 jobs were created in Ohio this year from the development of the Utica Shale formation, an IHS Global report found. Another 100,000 jobs will be generated by 2020. "Ohio is already seeing a significant boost to our economy from shale energy, and this new study shows that much more is to come," said Linda Woggon, vice president of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the executive director of the Ohio Shale Coalition. Telegraph-Forum (Bucyrus, Ohio) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Housing-market improvement may boost construction jobs
    The recovery in the housing market could prompt construction companies to hire more workers as demand begins to grow, according to this article. The average workweek for construction workers reached 39.4 hours during the past two months, hitting its highest level in six years. "You're only going to work your existing workforce so hard. You need to hire people at some point," said Joseph LaVorgna, an economist with Deutsche Bank. The Wall Street Journal (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Conn. should consider propane as well as natural gas
    Susan Rowan, whose family owns Rural Gas Co. in Connecticut, believes Gov. Daniel Malloy needs to consider propane in the state's energy plans. Malloy wants to convert as many as 300,000 homes to natural gas in the next seven years, but Rowan says propane should also be included since it is an approved clean fuel and provides consumers with a choice. "The government should not be in the business of subsidizing one fuel and in doing so jeopardize the future of others," she writes. New Haven Register (Conn.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Research & Development 
  • EPA releases progress report on extensive fracking study
    The Environmental Protection Agency issued a progress report about its efforts to determine a possible link between hydraulic fracturing and water pollution. The study, which explores existing well site data, lab studies and computer modeling, offered no conclusions. "More collaboration, continued transparency and stakeholder involvement are essential elements for any scientifically sound study, and we hope that the rest of this process remains open and any data released has the necessary context," said Stephanie Meadows, upstream senior policy adviser at the American Petroleum Institute. FuelFix.com (12/21), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Green blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Deaths increase as weather turns cold, officials say
    Deaths from fire due to home heating usually increase during the winter season, which is why officials at the Oklahoma Fire Marshal's Office are reminding residents to keep safety in mind. "People sometimes put in a space heater that is too close to combustibles or bedding -- or dogs tip them over or kids tip them over," said Joanne Sellers, a spokeswoman for the office. "It's not so much the appliance being the problem. It's the misuse of the appliance." Tulsa World (Okla.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Free Winter Storms safety materials available
    Help your customers prepare for and react to snowstorms with safety material from the Propane Education & Research Council. The Winter Storms material includes a brochure, a 10 Things You Can Do handout, and an interactive module in English and Spanish. PERC also offers a High Snowfall Areas brochure. All the material is available for free on PERC's Consumer Safety page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Share this free residential case study with clients
    This case study of the Propane Energy Pod highlights three homes where building professionals are successfully integrating heating, cooking, drying and fireplace applications. The study can be used in presentations, newsletters, websites, as handouts at events and trade shows, or with construction professionals in your area. Visit the Propane MaRC to download a copy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Communication skills trump appearance, top leaders say
    A leader's ability to look the part matters less than their ability to communicate effectively, top executives say. Some 28% of senior bosses say that communication skills predict a worker's leadership potential, but only 5% say that looking "polished and put together" is "a key factor" for future leaders, David Burkus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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