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October 8, 2012
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  • Propane industry turns to autogas to augment gallons growth
    The U.S. propane industry is focusing on non-home-heating uses, especially propane autogas, to expand its market share. The industry is rallying its efforts to promote the use of propane autogas as the alternative-fuel battle in the market continues to heat up. "If the industry remains the way it is right now, with several independent autogas efforts going on, it's going to be tough to rise up and build a sustainable marketplace. We'll have segmented success," said CleanFuel USA founder and CEO Curtis Donaldson. (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Ind. city unveils new propane autogas fueling station
    Propane People and CleanFuel USA have partnered to open a propane autogas fueling station in Waterloo, Ind., through grants from the Department of Energy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "We are proud to be one of the first propane autogas fill stations in northeast Indiana. We have converted 20 vehicles in our own fleet and saved thousands of dollars in fuel costs," said Propane People owner Mark Gibson. The company plans to build 10 more autogas stations across the state. NGT News (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Oil majors proceed with Alaska gas pipeline for Asian export market
    BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and TransCanada have agreed to move ahead with their natural gas pipeline and export project in Alaska that would serve markets in South Korea and Japan. The project is expected to cost $65 billion. "No other single project is as important to Alaska's economic future as a gas line, so it's critical that the state and the producers move quickly to take advantage of the potentially limited window of opportunity to sell gas into the Asian market," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. refiners to benefit from shale oil and gas, expert says
    U.S. refineries stand to benefit from the boom in shale oil and natural gas production, said Greg Haas, research manager at Hart Energy. "We're seeing refining capacity expand," he said. Getting access to shale oil and gas, however, still poses a challenge because of "production bottlenecks," Haas said. (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Report: Propane will see growth in engine fuel segment
    Propane autogas is expected to gain wider traction in the engine fuel segment as consumers find ways to cut costs and curb emissions, according to ICF International. An improved economy and the development of more propane autogas technologies for on-road vehicles should help fuel this growth, ICF said. (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Eagle Ford is expected to be productive for 16 years
    A Texas A&M University economist expects the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas to be productive for at least 16 years. The formation has a 20,000-well capacity, and energy firms need to drill about 1,250 wells annually for 16 years to achieve that figure, said Harold Hunt. However, the lifespan could increase as drilling technologies improve, he added. San Antonio Express-News (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Maine town board to take up DCP's propane terminal proposal
    The Searsport, Maine, Planning Board tonight is expected to discuss DCP Midstream's application to build a huge propane storage terminal in the town. The project faces some local opposition, and public hearings are expected to be scheduled for mid-November. "Once we hear about the public hearing, we'll certainly make plans to be there and represent why this is a good thing for the town of Searsport, from jobs to taxes to community involvement," said DCP spokeswoman Roz Elliot. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Can Formula 1 succeed in America?
    Formula 1 officials are planning to break into the American market after a five-year hiatus, with quirky boss Bernie Ecclestone promising to run an F1 race in New Jersey in 2013. "Will it work? It's certainly not a given," says F1 champion Sebastian Vettel. "This market is huge, but does America really care? I don't know." Vanity Fair (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leadership lessons from the first presidential debate
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney was the consensus winner over President Barack Obama in this week's presidential debate, writes Scott Eblin, and business leaders can take away some important lessons. Romney developed an aggressive game plan and stuck to it, while paying plenty of attention to his body language and overall self-presentation. "Romney had a clear picture of the impression he wanted to leave and followed through on it," Eblin writes. Level Blog (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Sacramento Gets Marketer Technology Training Friday
    The Marketer Technology and Sales Training program will hold a class Oct. 12 in Sacramento, Calif., with the Western Propane Gas Association, covering residential applications. Register for the session at TEECO products. The classes from the Propane Education & Research Council provide training on propane technology along with sales tips. Learn more about Marketer Technology and Sales Training. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar Covers New Propane-Fueled Bobtail Truck
    The new propane-powered bobtail truck will be the topic of October's Third Thursday webinar from the Propane Education & Research Council. The Propane Delivering Propane webinar on October 18 begins at 11 a.m. Eastern time, and features Freightliner's Bryan Henke discussing the firm's medium-duty S2 commercial truck for the propane bobtail market. The truck features an 8.0-liter, 325 horsepower, propane-autogas-fueled engine supplied by Powertrain Integration and a fuel system from CleanFuel USA. Register for the webinar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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