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October 15, 2012
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  • Poll: Americans are split on domestic energy policy
    Forty-five percent of Americans think the country is making the right moves to develop domestic energy sources, while 43% disagree, according to a survey commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council. However, 78% of those surveyed said they want leaders to work together on domestic energy development. "Americans understand that the choices they make as consumers have a profound effect on where the road to a cleaner, greener future takes us. But they ultimately hold political leadership and government accountable as the ones who should pave that road," said PERC President and CEO Roy Willis. (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Study: Propane-autogas vehicles could reach 22.6M in 2020
    A new study by Pike Research found that the number of autogas-fueled vehicles operating worldwide could reach 22.6 million by 2020. The key to this growth is to increase the fuel's availability in the market, said Pike senior analyst David Alexander. "Unfortunately, fuel suppliers have taken the view that no need exists to grow the infrastructure if not that many vehicles are equipped to use the fuel. Some form of incentive will be needed to kick-start growth if autogas is going to advance," he said. Automotive Business Review (10/11), (U.K.) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio dealer showcases autogas buses to school district officials
    Cardinal Bus Sales, dealer of propane autogas-powered Blue Bird school buses, invited nearly 30 Ohio school district officials to Roush CleanTech's headquarters and took them on a 300-mile round trip aboard an autogas-fueled bus to demonstrate its power. "After spending a day with ROUSH CleanTech learning about alternative fuels for school transportation, I have decided propane autogas is the way to go. If I would have known then what I know now, I would likely be taking delivery of a propane-powered bus this month instead of a diesel," said Michael Wilson, transportation director for the Shawnee Local School District in Lima, Ohio. (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research & Development 
  • Natural gas drilling in U.S. subsides as NGL prices dip
    Natural gas drillers in the U.S. have scaled back their drilling activities as prices of gas and NGLs plunge due to oversupply. A report from Baker Hughes, an oilfield services firm, shows that the number of gas drilling rigs across the U.S. went down from 1,555 to 522 between July 2008 and July 2012. Reuters (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Natgas drillers explore alternatives to fracking chemicals
    Natural gas drillers are exploring alternative substances for hydraulic fracturing, such as carbon dioxide, helium, propane and nitrogen. "Whatever chemical is being used out there, they want to make sure it's good in the public eye, good for the growth of their company. They want to be on the chemistry forefront," said Kevin Schwartz of Weatherford International. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Ill. city asks store to relocate proposed propane tank
    The Development Review Committee of Morris, Ill., wants home improvement store Menards to install its proposed 1,000-gallon propane fueling tank on a different side of its facility due to potential traffic concerns as propane autogas gains more traction in the city. The tank would be used to refuel grills as well as the store's propane autogas fleet. Morris Daily Herald (Ill.) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • 8 ways to connect with your workers
    A boss' behavior has a big impact on a team's level of engagement, writes Gretchen Rosswurm. Be honest, available and outgoing, and you'll soon see results. "In today's cookie-cutter corporate world, people long for connection. Use your leadership to help create that with your team," Rosswurm advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Want to change your company's culture? Throw a big party
    Throwing whole-company parties and other social events is a vital first step toward shifting corporate culture, Lyndsea Montgomery writes. Workers need to see themselves as part of a greater whole before workplace culture can improve, Montgomery argues. "Rather than seeing themselves as individual cogs employees start to see the whole machine," she writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Squad Car Totaled but Propane Autogas Tank Holds Strong
    Propane autogas not only saves this Wisconsin sheriff's department $100,000 a year in fueling costs for its 19 squad cars, but a propane tank proved tough as nails when one car was "t-boned" at an intersection, writes Roy Willis in his new Beyond the Backyard blog. The cruiser was totaled, but the tank didn't rupture and the officer walked away from the wreck. Propane autogas tanks are 20 times more puncture resistant than gasoline tanks, notes Willis. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. to Hold Propane Autogas Odyssey Event Oct. 18
    On Oct. 18, the Hampton Roads Clean Energy Odyssey Day in Chesapeake, Va., will feature a propane autogas road show where fleet managers and the public can drive a propane-autogas vehicle and check out presentations from Alliance AutoGas, Roush CleanTech, Virginia Clean Cities and the Propane Education & Research Council. Learn more and register. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time in the TCC Regional Automotive Center. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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