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December 5, 2012
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  • Conn. oil marketers decry governor's policy in favor of natural gas
    Home heating-oil distributors in Connecticut oppose Gov. Dannel Malloy's policy that creates incentives for homeowners and businesses to convert from oil to natural gas for heating. "They're using state resources to eliminate jobs, delivery drivers, customer service representatives. These are real jobs and real people, and they matter," said Stephen Rosentel, president of home-heating firm Leahy's Fuels. Andrew Doba, Malloy's spokesman, said the administration is "by no means forcing anyone to convert" to natural gas. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Go Riteway to convert airport shuttle fleet to propane autogas
    Go Riteway Transportation Group is upgrading its sustainability and efficiency by transitioning its fleet of airport shuttles to propane autogas. Go Riteway President Ron Bast said his Wisconsin-based company plans to roll out 30 vehicles next year that run solely on propane autogas or are fitted with hybrid technology. BUSRide Magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy firms get creative to attract talent
    Energy firms are using non-monetary perks and other innovative strategies to attract top talent and retain workers, observers say. ExxonMobil has built a 385-acre campus in Houston for its employees that features fitness classes and on-site child care. "Like Microsoft and Google, they're thinking about campuses that create an environment and culture that feels like a university," said John Faraguna, president of global recruiting company Hays. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Producers target best Eagle Ford drilling locations
    Energy firms are racing to identify the best drilling spots in the Eagle Ford Shale formation in Texas, observers say. About 141 of the 227 rigs in the play are located in La Salle, Karnes, Gonzales, DeWitt and McMullen counties in Texas, according to Baker Hughes. "For the sheer volume of dollars you have to pump into this thing, you have to go where you can get the most back fastest," said oilman Harvey Howell. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • North American dominance in shale gas could last 10 years
    Significant shale development outside the U.S. might not happen for 10 years, according to this analysis. Energy companies are facing challenges involving regulations, geology, mineral rights and infrastructure needs. "The mineral rights, the availability of small players to enter the market, the availability of geological data, these things are all part of an entrepreneurial model that is unique to the United States," says Julio Friedmann of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The Wall Street Journal (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • School Districts Opt for Propane Autogas Buses
    School districts nationwide have been shifting their fleets to propane autogas, notes the Propane Education & Research Council on its Propane Today blog. Districts in Georgia, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia followed the lead of schools in Indiana and Tennessee in using the fuel. "The momentum is building for propane-autogas-fueled school buses," Propane Today reports. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Video Previews Personal Safety Training Series
    See a preview of the Propane Personal Safety Training Series from the Propane Education & Research Council. The series offers insight and training for on-the-job safety directed to management and staff, as well as illustrating specific safe procedures for common tasks in the propane industry. The series includes a three-part video, a companion workbook, an instructor PowerPoint presentation and a how-to on conducting tasks in a safe manner. View the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • News flash: CEOs don't have superpowers
    Many CEOs see themselves as Superman, but they're delusional, says Zachary First, managing director of The Drucker Institute. Celebrity CEOs and would-be superheroes lack the humility and perspective to become truly great leaders, First argues. "There is no superman. Those people are not there. Everybody's making tradeoffs," he says. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Need a big sale? Get the CEO
    It makes sense for CEOs to get involved with the largest sales that their companies are attempting to make, writes Bill Rosenthal of Communispond. "That's because the company has to deliver a proposal that provides mega-value, and creating such a proposal requires contributions from its many units or departments," he writes. "The CEO is the only person who can lead this effort." Additionally, it's a good idea for your company's various departments to collaborate with their counterparts in the company to which you are selling. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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