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November 7, 2012
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  • Minn. firm to deliver 40,000 gallons of fuel for Sandy victims
    Duluth, Minn.-based Como Oil & Propane will send five delivery trucks to transport nearly 40,000 gallons of fuel for victims of superstorm Sandy on the East Coast. After delivering their load to New Jersey, the trucks will be used to transport fuels to areas affected by the storm. The company coordinated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on the plan. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Winter heating costs to climb 21% in Midwest, EIA says
    The Energy Information Administration projects that Midwest residents will pay 21% more for their heating bills this winter. Most Midwestern homes are heated by natural gas. The agency said the average price of propane this winter will be $1.87 per gallon, down from predictions of $2.02 last month. This winter's total cost of heating a typical home with propane is expected to be $1,534, the lowest forecast in six years. The EIA said that an average home would consume about 820 gallons of propane this season. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. college delays oil, gas leasing decision
    Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., has delayed a decision on leasing 340 acres of its property for energy exploration, officials said. "The property committee will continue to study the issue and has set no timetable for a decision to be made," officials said. Signing the leases could generate about $1 million up front for the college. Shale Reporter (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Apache founder: U.S. can become energy independent
    The U.S. is capable of achieving energy independence, writes Raymond Plank, founder and retired chairman of Apache. Breakthroughs in energy exploration such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have helped boost the country's petroleum resource base. "All we have to do is use it. We have the ability, the technology and the commitment to do so while still protecting the environment," writes Plank. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • N.J. propane group gives safety reminders on use of generators
    Residents using generators and grills in the aftermath of the East Coast storm should be mindful of safety to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, writes Judy Applebaum, managing director of New Jersey Propane Gas Association. "With so many customers without power, it is critical to keep safety in mind," she writes. Applebaum adds that the propane industry "will continue to provide support around the clock during this state of emergency for as long as needed." (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • New Energy Update Offers Propane Building Ideas
    The new Propane Energy Update has three articles on propane and the residential and commercial building industry. Articles include a how to on a central propane tank system for a neighborhood, using a tankless water heater to also heat air and outdoor living features that use propane to add a wow factor to a residence. Visit the new Propane Energy Update. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free Safety Modules and Brochures Help Customers Use Propane
    The Propane Education & Research Council has many brochures and interactive modules that explain how to use propane safely every day and during rough weather. The material concisely covers such topics as maintaining propane appliances, what to do if you smell propane, power outages, floods, winter storm preparedness and more. The brochures can be printed, and the modules can be e-mailed to customers. Find material that fits your customers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • How to manage a portfolio of competing brands
    Many companies are only now learning to manage portfolios of brands with conflicting identities and consumer bases, marketing experts say. Hansen's Natural rebranded as Monster Beverage after its Monster energy drinks began to outsell its "natural sodas"; firms such as Procter & Gamble take a different approach, seeking to isolate conflicting brands and run them as separate entities. "Sometimes it works great, sometimes not so great," says marketing professor Gavan Fitzsimons. CNNMoney/Fortune (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 ways you're driving your employees crazy
    Even with the best of intentions, many bosses drive their workers absolutely crazy, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. To boost performance, leaders should stop using employees as idea guinea pigs and simply focus on removing irritants such as red tape, unclear expectations and time-wasting activities. "Employee engagement, motivation, and results are less about introducing new leadership behaviors and more about just stopping the stuff that makes employees crazy," Giulioni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Success is often just an idea away."
--Frank Tyger,
American cartoonist, columnist and humorist

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