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November 1, 2012
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  • Schwan's says propane autogas is "the best option for us"
    Schwan's Home Service has been using propane autogas since the 1970s, and it now uses the fuel to power 70% of its 4,800-truck fleet. The company has its own supply-chain partner, Bi-Phase Technologies, which manufactures a liquid propane electronic fuel injection system for its vehicles. "Propane has been the best option for us because we have infrastructure in place, and our cost-analysis shows that it's been beneficial. We are continuously evaluating our fuel options, but we remain committed to propane," said Schwan's Fleet Director Mike Speer. NGT News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Sandy weakens demand for gasoline in Europe
    Hurricane Sandy has dragged down market demand for gasoline in northwest Europe, pushing gasoline margins down between $2 and $3 per barrel. Demand for naphtha, on the other hand, remains steady as it remains cheaper than propane in the market. Propane supplies in the region are being affected by low stocks and lack of import from Iran, which are pushing propane prices up. Reuters (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alternative-fuel vehicles gain popularity in U.S.
    A growing number of companies, fleet operators and vehicle owners in the U.S. are turning to alternative-fuel vehicles as they begin to see the economic and environmental benefits. Users of alternative-fuel vehicles are expected to triple by 2017, when new federal fuel-economy mandates take effect, according to Pike Research. Autoblog/Green (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Energy firms to develop robot drilling technology
    ConocoPhillips, Statoil, Norske Shell and West Drilling Products will work on the development of a robotized drilling technology to be deployed off the Norwegian coast. The $33 million project will allow continuous drilling, improve pressure control and lessen differential sticking, which could lead to cost reductions, the companies said. Rigzone (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Misinformation about flame retardants threatens safety, experts say
    Fire-science experts are questioning possible changes to California's fire-safety regulations for upholstered furniture, saying it could be dangerous and unprecedented to relax existing standards. "What's the evidence that flame-retardant chemicals don't work? ... Flame-retardant materials work when properly used," says Gordon L. Nelson, an author and past president of the American Chemical Society. A revision could be "the first time in the U.S. that the law lowers safety. That never happens. We always go in the opposite direction," says Marcelo M. Hirschler, a chemist and fire-safety consultant. Chemical & Engineering News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Call for Public Comment on PERC Funding Requests
    By rule, the Propane Education & Research Council must solicit comments before approving any proposed project costing $1.5 million or more. Members of the propane industry and the public are invited to comment on the following funding requests: Docket 18165 -- 3.7-liter V-6 Dedicated Propane Autogas Ford Transit Fuel System -- $1,675,000; Docket 18271 -- 2013 Corporate Communications -- $2,384,735; Docket 18275 -- 2013 Residential & Commercial Market Outreach -- $3,000,000.

    The council will consider the funding requests under review during this comment period at the next public meeting, Dec. 5 and 6 in Naples, Fla. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 1, to receive consideration. Send your comments by mail, fax, or email to the following: Propane Education & Research Council, Public Comment on Funding Requests, Attn: Gregg Walker, 1140 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1075, Washington, D.C. 20036; Fax 202-452-9054; LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • How CEOs weathered the superstorm
    Chief executives were forced to improvise as Sandy lashed the East Coast. Lands' End CEO Edgar Huber converted a room in his mother-in-law's apartment complex into a makeshift corporate headquarters, while Foot Locker chief Ken Hicks kept on working despite power outages at his Manhattan office and home. "You can be reasonably self-sufficient with a cellphone and a lantern," he says. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do you have a fatal flaw?
    More than a quarter of bosses have at least one "fatal flaw," defined as a core competency at which they're ranked as worse than 90% of their peers, Joe Folkman writes. Flawed leaders must act swiftly to address their failings, or else their careers will suffer, Folkman warns. "Fatal flaws are not easy to change, but improvement is possible," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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