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November 15, 2012
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  • Portland, Ore., and Seattle schools to use new propane autogas buses
    First Student, North America's biggest student transportation provider, recently acquired 134 propane autogas school buses for use at Seattle Public Schools in Washington and Portland Public Schools in Oregon. The Propane Education & Research Council helped fund the development of the buses' fuel system. "Portland and Seattle have chosen a fuel that is powerful, sustainable and domestic, so these cities will enjoy cleaner air and quieter streets, all while using an abundant American fuel," said PERC's chief business development officer, Tucker Perkins. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Ga. retailer taps into local pipeline for propane
    Modern Gas' proximity to Dixie Pipeline's transmission line in Albany, Ga., has given it a unique advantage over its competitors over the years. "We probably have the shortest propane delivery system in the country. Dixie has told us we're one of the few propane marketers with a tap directly into their pipeline. So we don't have the transportation costs others do," said company CEO Dan Holloway. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey reveals drop in interest in getting LEED certification
    A survey by Turner Construction Co. found that fewer companies are interested in pursuing LEED certification, Rob Cassidy writes. Only 48% of respondents indicated they were "very likely" to seek LEED certification for new construction projects or renovations, compared to the 61% who responded that way in Turner's 2008 survey. The reasons some respondents gave about why their firms would not seek LEED certifications were the cost of obtaining the certification, the amount of staff time taken up, the "time required for the process" and the "difficulty of the process." Building Design + Construction (free registration)/360 Blog (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deaton: Industry needs to reach out to public about fracking
    The oil and natural gas industry should engage government and the public more about the advantages of hydraulic fracturing and other drilling technologies so resources can be exploited more, said Chad Deaton, executive chairman of Baker Hughes. "We have to let the government and the public know we are good citizens, we are protectors of the environment and we do create jobs," Deaton said during Deloitte's oil and gas conference in Houston. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Most industry professionals see U.S. as natural gas self-sufficient
    The U.S. is already self-sufficient in terms of natural gas or will be within a decade, the majority of oil industry professionals said in a Deloitte survey. However, most respondents also believe the country will never achieve oil independence. "When you combine unconventional oil supplies with the recently established increase in shale gas reserves, you could have the makings of a true energy renaissance," said Peter Robertson, an independent adviser to Deloitte and former vice chairman of Chevron. Business Insider (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • New alarm detects carbon monoxide, explosive gases
    A hardware store in South Bend, Ind., is selling multi-function alarms that detect carbon monoxide and other explosive gases in the home. "If you're sleeping or you've been away for a while and you walk up to the house and hear the alarm going off, you know better than to stick the key in the door because there's a gas leak, so they're pretty important," said Dave Parmelee of Kabelin Ace Hardware. WSBT-TV (South Bend, Ind.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Propane Energy Update Covers Emerging Technology
    The new Propane Energy Update is a special issue devoted to emerging technology in the residential and commercial building industry. Articles cover combined heat and power systems, a propane tank smart monitoring system and the growing market for standby generators. Visit the Propane Energy Update. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Irrigation Engines Covered in Webinar Today
    The Third Thursday webinar today will cover propane-fueled stationary irrigation engines. The webinar from the Propane Education & Research Council starts at 11 a.m. Eastern time with Mark Leitman, PERC's director of business development. The engines can burn an estimated 8,000 gallons annually. Register for the webinar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • The best leaders know how to say "thank you"
    Good bosses say "thank you" to their workers often and with real sincerity, writes Art Petty. Expressing gratitude for a job well done is a quick way to motivate your team and show them that you're aware of their hard work, Petty explains. "Saying 'thank you' is one of the simplest forms of showing respect and one of the most powerful forms of letting your team members know that you are watching and that you genuinely care," he writes. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Goal-setting? You're doing it wrong
    Most companies set simple, measurable goals such as increasing sales by a fixed percentage, writes Dana Theus. That's fine as far as it goes, but it's better to frame targets in a way that tells employees something about how they're supposed to set about achieving them. "Traditional business goal-setting ... lacks the information necessary to support the people who have to achieve it," Theus argues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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