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December 27, 2012
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  • Ohio city earns financial incentive for propane mowers
    The Propane Education & Research Council gave $14,000 in research incentives to the city of Columbus, Ohio, to purchase 14 propane-powered mowers under the Propane Mower Incentive Program. In turn, the city will provide PERC with data on the mowers' performance for three months. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Wash. city converts police vehicles to propane autogas
    The city of Edmonds, Wash., has begun converting vehicles to run on propane autogas. The city recently completed the conversion of four police cruisers as part of its plan to transition all 16 patrol cars to autogas. "This is a great step in the right direction towards improving the sustainability of our government operations and preserving our community's environment," said Mayor Dave Earling. (Wash.) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Natural gas enables U.S. to recapture manufacturing advantage
    The availability of cheap natural gas allows U.S. manufacturers to "re-shore" overseas production at a cost advantage, and it could also ease the U.S. trade deficit, according to this analysis. "The boom in gas and unconventional oil extraction may generate a significant number of new jobs. It reduces one of the main cost factors for petrochemical products such as plastic, which could accelerate investment in a broad range of domestic industries," said East-West Center economist Dieter Ernst. The Washington Times (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Reports quantify Marcellus Shale's productivity
    The Marcellus Shale formation has become the most productive natural gas field in the U.S. despite a slowdown in drilling this year, multiple energy reports say. Marcellus wells in Pennsylvania and West Virginia had daily output of 7 billion cubic feet of gas this year, or about 25% of the country's shale gas production. The play could hold "almost half of the current proven natural gas reserves in the U.S.," a Standard & Poor's study says. Associated Press (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • View PERC's Bobtail Rollover Safety Material
    Snow, ice and busy days can lead to accidents. Check out Preventing Bobtail Rollovers from the Propane Education & Research Council for ways to avoid this potentially deadly problem. PERC's material includes a video that can be viewed for free online, along with a brochure and quiz. Learn more about PERC's bobtail safety program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Fireplaces Add Value to a Customer's Home
    Marketers have many choices to offer customers considering investing in a fireplace. Propane is an excellent fuel for fireplaces, and many models qualify for green building programs. Learn more about new fireplace options, and check out the Propane Education & Research Council's online product directory of hearth products from a variety of manufacturers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Leadership versus logorrhea
    As CEO of industrial-equipment manufacturer Barry-Wehmiller, Bob Chapman emphasizes the American "crisis of leadership" and gives speeches touting his own, more caring and people-focused approach to leadership. That's ultimately just "saccharine prattle," writes Michael Hiltzik, as evidenced by Chapman's willingness to abruptly lay off workers and shutter a plant in Southern California to take advantage of tax breaks in Ohio. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind."
--William Butler Yeats,
Irish poet and playwright

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