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October 18, 2012
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  • EIA: U.S. propane inventories hit record level in third quarter
    The U.S. propane stockpile reached a record high in September as it climbed 22%, settling at 75.6 million barrels, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration. Sixty percent of the increase came from the Gulf Coast. The agency attributes the increase to the growth of shale natural gas production in the country. (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Propane autogas is abundant, widely accessible
    Propane autogas has huge potential to become a major vehicle fuel in the U.S. as it is abundant and easily accessible, writes magazine editor Tom Berg. As a byproduct of natural gas, propane autogas has a stable supply source as the U.S. has a century's worth of natural gas in the ground or available. Also, a growing network of autogas fueling stations across the country makes the fuel widely accessible to the market. (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: U.S. must pursue domestic energy development
    A majority of Americans think the U.S. should pursue the development of domestic energy sources, a recent poll commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council finds. The survey finds that 93% of Americans view domestic energy development as necessary to attain economic stability, job creation and energy security. "Americans believe that regardless of who is elected president next month, serious steps need to be taken towards offering affordable solutions that make our nation more energy independent and cleaner," said PERC President and CEO Roy Willis. FierceEnergy (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane-powered mowers bring cost advantages to contractors
    Contractors have several options in purchasing commercial-grade mowers, and among them are types powered by gasoline, diesel or propane. Propane is one of the viable alternative fuels because of the high prices of gasoline. "If you have really high gas prices, propane starts to get more and more attractive. Plus, some contractors have a client base that wants alternative fuels," said Troy Blewett of Ferris Industries. Irrigation & Green Industry online (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Homebuilder optimism rises in October
    The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index showed that homebuilder confidence has reached 41 in October, rising one point from September to its highest level since June 2006. In addition, a gauge of traffic of potential buyers climbed five points to 35, also the highest in more than six years. An indication of homebuilder confidence below 50, however, reflects negative sentiment about the housing market. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (10/16), The Hill/On the Money blog (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • Md. dealer supports American Breast Cancer Foundation
    Tevis Energy has rolled out a pink propane delivery truck to support the American Breast Cancer Foundation. The company donates money to the foundation for every gallon of propane the truck delivers. "We felt like [breast cancer] was, obviously something that's not going away, and one of the nice things with the foundation is that money raised there goes directly to people who have breast cancer for appointments or medical care," said Tevis product specialist Mike Smith. Carroll County Times (Westminster, Md.)/The Advocate (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • The effects of U.S. shale gas are global
    The shale gas boom has provided cost advantages for the U.S. petrochemical and manufacturing sectors, as well as helped shake up global economics, according to this analysis. "The coming generation of Americans and its leaders may be privileged to witness a remarkable resurgence of the American economy and industry, led by its energy sector, but spreading to the rest of the manufacturing sector and beyond," according to a Citigroup report released this year. Australian Financial Review (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • CHEMTREC expands global emergency-response services
    CHEMTREC, a division of the American Chemistry Council, recently executed an agreement of mutual assistance with China's National Registration Center for Chemicals. The result, says CHEMTREC's G.R. "Randy" Speight, will be improved safety and response, allowing all parties to "more seamlessly optimize the mitigation of incidents involving dangerous goods -- whether the incident occurs within China, or on its way to or from China, as with imported and exported goods." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Are you on your way to the top?
    Many companies make a point of identifying workers with leadership potential, but they also revise their lists from year to year, dropping workers who've failed to live up to their billing, Dan McCarthy writes. To ensure you don't fall by the wayside, it's important to work hard, and to market yourself to higher-ups without coming across as arrogant or self-serving. Great Leadership (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • PERC's Dealer Demo Offers Incentive for Propane-Fueled Mowers
    The Propane Education & Research Council seeks to partner with up to 300 commercial mower dealers across the U.S. for its Dealer Demonstration program. A dealer can receive a check for $2,000 to purchase a propane-fueled mower if they showcase the mower and get a landscape-contractor to field test it for 90 hours. The contractor must report his assessment of the equipment to PERC. Learn more about the Dealer Demo program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Today's Third Thursday Webinar Covers New Bobtail Truck
    The Third Thursday webinar today from the Propane Education & Research Council covers the new propane-autogas-fueled S2 bobtail truck from Freightliner. The medium-duty, 8.0-liter commercial truck features an engine from Powertrain Integration and a fuel system from CleanFuel USA. The one-hour Propane Delivering Propane webinar begins at 11 a.m. Eastern time, and features Freightliner's Bryan Henke. Register for the webinar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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