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November 2, 2012
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  • Texas commission holds workshop to tout propane autogas
    The Texas Railroad Commission held a workshop Wednesday near Mineola, Texas, to promote propane autogas as a cheaper and cleaner alternative fuel. Representatives from several school districts in the state attended the workshop, which also included testimonials from fleet operators who use propane autogas to fuel their vehicles. Longview News-Journal (Texas) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Energy Dept. recognizes new Clean Cities Coalition in Asheville, N.C.
    The Department of Energy has recognized a new Clean Cities Coalition in Asheville, N.C. Over the past eight years, the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition has initiated efforts to curb petroleum use by promoting alternative fuels. The group serves Buncombe County's Mountain Mobility fleet, which recently converted 10 passenger vans to run on propane autogas. NGT News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Fleet operating costs increase slightly this year
    Fleet management companies spent more this year on operating costs than in 2011, according to Automotive Fleet's 21st annual operating-cost survey. Fleet operating costs include expenses on fuel, tire replacement, vehicle maintenance and labor. On the other hand, the survey found that operating costs of SUVs and light-duty trucks declined this year. Automotive Fleet (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. propane firm invests in building CNG stations
    Williams Oil & Propane has decided to invest in compressed natural gas stations in Pennsylvania. "Pennsylvania sits on this enormous Marcellus Shale deposit of natural gas, and we think it's really important that we utilize it here. ... We think it's really important that we had to make the move," said Duane Phillips, operations manager for Williams. WBNG-TV (Johnson City, N.Y.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Forecast: After Sandy, reconstruction's impact will be "minimal"
    Rebuilding after the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy will cause "localized spikes in construction employment throughout November and the winter," according to Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America. However, the overall impact "is likely to be minimal" because reconstruction needs will mean planned projects are postponed, he added. Meanwhile, AGC released its analysis of employment data, which showed a decline in construction employment in 160 of 337 metro areas between September 2011 and September 2012. American City Business Journals/Albuquerque, N.M. (10/31), Bloomberg (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Gulf Coast petrochemical industry expands because of shale
    Dow Chemical's planned ethylene production site at its Texas complex and Chevron Phillips Chemical's $5 billion project in the state are part of $15 billion in planned expansion along the Gulf Coast amid the nation's shale-gas boom. "We started watching a few years ago. We went from, 'Gosh, is this something real?' to convincing ourselves this is here to stay," said Mark Lashier, executive vice president of olefins and polyolefins at Chevron Phillips Chemical. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Instilling a workplace safety culture requires proven concepts
    Workplace safety is an important indicator of employee productivity, commitment and engagement, writes Darcy Jacobsen. A Gallup study suggests that companies with high employee-engagement levels also have higher success rates in workplace safety. Promoting this safety model requires firms to instill the positive-reinforcement psychological concept and the just-in-time business strategy, which urges "timeliness and responsiveness," Jacobsen adds. Globoforce (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marcellus operators report minimal impact from Sandy
    Hurricane Sandy had only a minor impact on Marcellus Shale production, several operators in the play said. "Our operations, including production, were not adversely impacted by the storm," Cabot Oil & Gas spokesman George Stark said. Talisman Energy took the necessary measures before the storm, said Berta Gomez, the company's media relations adviser. Platts (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Free Flood Safety Material Available from PERC
    Marketers can reach out to customers with flood-related safety material from the Propane Education and Research Council. Visit PERC's safety page to find a free brochure and online interactive module on floods to help ensure the safe operation of propane equipment. The module is available in English and Spanish versions, and can be copied and emailed to customers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PERC Updates Energy Pod for Homes
    The Propane Education & Research Council has updated the Propane Energy Pod which instantly compares and provides the data on energy costs, Home Energy Rating System score and carbon dioxide emissions for one year for homes using propane, heating oil and electricity. The Propane Energy Pod adds up the numbers for a homeowner's five most common energy needs -- space heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying, and fireplaces. Check out the Propane Energy Pod. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Are you speaking your workers' language?
    Too many bosses fail to speak with their workers in an effective manner, writes David Kantor. It's vital that you try to read the room and get a sense for the communication needs of each individual with whom you speak, Kantor argues. "[A]long with a stronger skill set in communication ... comes leadership intuition and the knowledge to garner action and get results," he promises. ThoughtLeaders blog (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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