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November 14, 2012
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  • Va. county converts 24 vehicles to propane autogas
    Virginia's Spotsylvania County recently partnered with Alliance AutoGas to convert four school district trucks and 20 Ford Crown Victoria sheriff's cruisers to run on propane autogas. The conversion was supported by the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program. "I would tell any fleet interested in transitioning its fleet from gasoline, if you want a proven technology that reduces emissions and fuel costs, then propane autogas will be a great fuel for you," said Craig Greenlaw, the county's director of fleet Services. NGT News (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PERC CEO: Alternative fuels can cut emissions, create jobs
    With the election behind us, it's time for Americans to focus on an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy, and that includes encouraging the expansion of alternative fuels, writes Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council. Propane autogas and natural gas can help displace gasoline and diesel use, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, he writes. "With millions of Americans looking for work, we are blessed to have a treasure trove of domestic energy resources that can contribute to an improving economy, cleaner environment, and greater security. If we put that abundance to use, we'll create jobs," he concludes. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • La. school board approves purchase of autogas buses
    The Lafayette Parish School Board in Louisiana has signed off on a proposal to buy eight new buses that run on propane autogas. Bill Samec, the school district's transportation director, said he favors buying an additional eight or 10 propane autogas buses and gradually transitioning the entire fleet from diesel. "In my opinion, we need to move away from diesel due to the emission controls and the extremely high maintenance costs," he said. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shale drilling boosts demand for chemical, energy workers
    The shale oil and natural gas drilling boom and impending worker retirements have increased the demand for skilled workers in energy and chemicals, observers say. The need for employees extends beyond science and math professions. "We hire engineers, chemists, lawyers. But we also hire a tremendous amount of folks willing to work with their hands for a good salary. Welders are commanding over $40 an hour, and our industry can't find enough of them," says Hector Rivero, president of the Texas Chemical Council. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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 three funding requests that will be considered by the Council at its next meeting. Learn more.

    The Council will consider the funding requests at its next public meeting, Dec. 5 and 6 in Naples, Fla. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 30, to receive consideration. Send your comments by mail, fax or e-mail to: 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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  • Corporate America's role in training tomorrow's workforce
    Half of American companies say they're struggling to find candidates capable of filling vacancies, with a whopping 3 million jobs available because of a lack of skilled workers. Rather than complaining about the dearth of suitable candidates, companies should step up and invest in training programs, argues Nina Easton. "It's time for corporate leaders to act, or confirm their critics' worst fears: that they really have given up on America," she writes. CNNMoney/Fortune/Term Sheet blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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