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November 29, 2012
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  • DCP Midstream defends proposed LPG facility during public hearing
    Officials at DCP Midstream addressed safety concerns regarding its proposed $40 million propane storage facility in Searsport, Maine, during the second of four public hearings before the town's Planning Board. "Propane is a very clean, nontoxic energy source, and very applicable to a rural area," said DCP's senior vice president for marketing and logistics, Don Baldridge. Industry expert Phani Raj dismissed possibilities of a boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion, saying that an "instantaneous full tank spill is an incredible, and extremely unlikely and historically has never occurred, spill scenario." Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bus distributor expands training program for propane, CNG
    A Blue Bird bus dealer has upgraded its training program to better assist customers interested in propane autogas and compressed natural gas. Central States Bus Sales has offered training and educational resources for customers, and now the program will include assistance for clients switching to alternative fuels. "The training program has been in place for 10 years, but we have expanded it a lot in the past two years as the newer alt-fuel buses get more and more complicated to service and operate. We're trying to be the go-to person to provide answers," said Central States CEO and President Jeff Reitz. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CNG vehicles aren't mainstream yet, Toyota exec says
    Toyota executive Jim Lentz believes that the future of compressed natural gas as a mainstream fuel in the U.S. will not happen anytime soon. Lentz, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Sales USA, said the U.S. still lacks the infrastructure needed to support the wider adoption of CNG in the market. However, Lentz said further spikes in gasoline prices might spur consumers to switch. The Detroit News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Equipment-loan origination reached $7.6B in October
    Companies secured $7.6 billion in loans, leases and lines of credit last month for equipment, according to ELFA. The total was 7% less than September's but 27% more compared with October 2011. "There is still demand for equipment across a wide spectrum of the economy," ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton said. Reuters (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Safety & Training 
  • Mont. training center acquires four new fire simulators
    The Rocky Mountain Emergency Services Training Center in Helena, Mont., recently acquired four simulators that will provide training for fires involving Black Hawk helicopters, automobiles, structures and hazardous materials. The training center could become one of the top firefighting training facilities in the U.S. because of the acquisition, officials said. Ravalli Republic (Hamilton, Mont.) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry acknowledges risks associated with gas drilling
    The energy industry must balance the benefits and risks of natural gas drilling, said Peter Robertson, senior vice president of America's Natural Gas Alliance. "We acknowledge that there are risks inherent in the development of natural gas," he said. "It's important to ensure that you are mitigating those effects to the degree that it's possible and reasonable to do so." (11/27) 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 Energy Update. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Autogas Safety Program Now Available
    A new two-part safety program on propane autogas is available. The free program from the Propane Education & Research Council includes a 12-page booklet and a PowerPoint presentation that can be shown to emergency responders, fleet managers, school leaders and community groups. Download the PDF booklet "Propane Autogas: A Safe, Economical, and Environmentally Friendly Option for Fleet Vehicles." Download the "Propane Autogas: Resources" PowerPoint presentation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Big investors demand more face-time with CEOs
    The weak economy means mega-rich investors want face-to-face meetings with CEOs before putting money into their companies -- and that's proving a big headache for some executives. It's hard to refuse meeting requests, says Marketo CEO Phil Fernandez, but taking several days each month for investor meetings leaves less time for more important matters. "I need time to run the company," he says. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Good leaders know when to be passionate
    The best leaders know how to manage their teams effectively -- and also how to inspire them and generate real passion for the company's goals, writes Joanna Riley Weidenmiller, CEO of The One-Page Co. "The kind of passion involved in leadership isn't overbearing and loud; it's a deep unwavering commitment to an overall mission," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Ralph Waldo Emerson,
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