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March 8, 2013
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  • Schools, companies see benefits of propane autogas
    Dish Network's recent announcement that it will run 200 of its vehicles on propane autogas is part of a growing trend among fleet managers looking to save money, observers said. A growing number of schools and companies are purchasing propane autogas vehicles, and they stand by their decisions. "After four or five years singing the same song, people are beginning to implement this in major volumes," said Roush CleanTech's vice president of sales and marketing, Todd Mouw. NBC News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Roush CleanTech unveils autogas-powered Ford F-550 at Ind. show
    Roush CleanTech and Green Alternative Systems showcased a propane autogas-fueled Ford F-550 chassis cab this week at the National Truck Equipment Association's Work Truck Show in Indiana. With a fuel capacity of more than 65 usable gallons, the truck has one of the longest driving ranges of alternative-fuel vehicles on the market. Fleet Owner (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Enterprise's expanded LPG export facility in Houston goes online
    Enterprise Products Partners' enhanced propane export terminal on the Houston Ship Channel is operational, the company announced Thursday. The company also said it has expanded its long-term terminal service contract with Oiltanking through 2026. "We are pleased to complete the expansion of our LPG export facility and to enhance our relationship with Oiltanking. There is strong international demand for U.S. propane and we continue to receive strong indications of interest for long-term commitments from customers that could underwrite another expansion of the export facility," said A.J. Teague, Enterprise's chief operating officer. Platts (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Will there be enough workers to support petrochemical expansion?
    U.S. oil and natural gas producers are finding it difficult to source sufficiently skilled employees for petrochemical expansions that could be worth $100 billion. "The oil and gas industry has a missing generation. You have men and women who are in their 50s, and then from ... 1985 to the late 1990s, no one was graduating with petroleum engineering degrees and those sorts of things," said Carl Tricoli, global natural resources chief at Denham Capital Management. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/7), Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Dudley notes BP's progress in improving safety after Gulf spill
    BP has made significant progress in enhancing safety nearly three years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, CEO Robert Dudley said. "We alone stepped up from the outset, acknowledging our role, waiving the liability cap and committing ourselves to help restore the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast region," Dudley said during the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston. "We are honoring our commitments." Bloomberg (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Midwest Propane Show Starts March 12 in Indianapolis
    The Midwest Propane Gas Convention & Trade Show will run March 12 to 14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The Propane Education & Research Council will be in booth 229 showcasing new technology along with safety and training material. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy Guys Material Cannot Be Used
    Marketers and other propane industry firms should be aware that it violates copyright laws to use, without permission, any Energy Guys materials, including images, literature, and TV, print and radio advertisements. The rights of the propane industry to use these materials ended Dec. 31, 2010. Please get in touch with John Kerekes of the Propane Education & Research Council at 202-452-8975 with any questions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • How to lead like Henry V
    A famous speech from Shakespeare's "Henry V" holds lessons for modern leaders, writes Nigel Roberts. Henry's soaring rhetoric provides an upbeat call to action based on a higher goal -- the same strategy CEOs should use to win over their employees. "[T]he Bard managed to capture some universal truths about human nature and the complex way that individuals relate to each other which can provide useful lessons for today's corporate leaders," Roberts writes. Knowledge.Insead.edu (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Oil giants remain wary of post-Chávez Venezuela
    Hugo Chávez's populist demagoguery scared off foreign oil investors, and his death won't be enough to lure them back, Cyrus Sanati writes. Chávez broke deals and seized property when he nationalized the oil industry, and it will take time for those wounds to heal. The country can't wait, though: "It needs real foreign partners with real experience to come in and help it boost production," Sanati writes. CNNMoney/Fortune/Term Sheet blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Hope never abandons you, you abandon it."
--George Weinberg,
American psychologist, writer and activist


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