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December 28, 2012
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  • ACT Expo registration discount ends soon
    Gladstein, Neandross & Associates is reminding companies in the transport industry to save by registering before the year ends for the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo, set for June 24 to 27 in Washington, D.C. Last year, the Propane Education & Research Council, which was among the hundreds of exhibitors at the expo, touted the latest propane autogas technologies available for fleet owners and managers. "The more diesels we can replace with propane autogas, the better the industry will be," said Mike Taylor, PERC's autogas business development director. STNOnline.com (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • PERC program offers incentives for irrigation engines
    The Propane Education & Research Council has an initiative called the Propane Farm Incentive Program, in which farmers can receive money for providing feedback and performance data on propane-fueled irrigation engines that qualify. Farmers can receive an incentive of $400 per liter of engine displacement, provided the engine is new and is properly certified. FarmWeek (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carefully study trucks' build before buying APUs
    Fleet operators need to know their trucks' build and function in order to choose the right auxiliary power units for their fleets, Sean Lyden writes. Fleet managers can choose combustion-powered APUs for heavy-duty trucks or all-electric APUs for light-duty truck operations. "Taking the time up front to make sure the APU's capacity and functionality match what will be demanded of it, will eliminate unpleasant surprises for you -- and your drivers -- and achieve substantial fuel and operational cost-savings that bolster your organization's bottom line," he writes. Work Truck magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. energy use fell in first 9 months of 2012, EIA says
    Americans consumed 3% less energy in the first nine months of this year compared with the same period last year, data from the Energy Information Administration showed. Energy consumption in the transportation sector fell 1.2%, the EIA said. Fossil fuel production grew 3.14% while renewable energy production dropped 2.8%. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. home prices jump 4.3% year-on-year
    As of October, U.S. home prices in 20 major cities were up 4.3% from a year before, according to a private index, for the sharpest gain since mid-2010. The S&P/Case-Shiller reading confirms that the key housing market "is definitely starting to recover," adding "about a trillion dollars to household wealth just since the beginning of this year," said Ryan Wang, an economist with HSBC Securities USA. Bloomberg (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research & Development 
  • Increase in drilling helps Okla. maintain status as energy state
    Oklahoma solidified its status as an oil and natural gas state this year as energy producers ramped up drilling operations, observers say. "Our 2012 activity level in Oklahoma has averaged about seven rigs for the year, and we have made a major shift out of gas-prone areas into our new SCOOP area, which we feel will become a large, repeatable, oil-prone resource play," said Rick Bott, president of Continental Resources. Greg Dewey of SandRidge Energy said that "We intend to drill 570 horizontal wells in the Mississippi Lime in 2013; 370 of those wells will be in northwest Oklahoma." The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Use caution when heating your home this season, experts say
    Safety experts at the Beckley Fire Department in West Virginia are reminding homeowners to use caution when warming up their homes this season. A majority of fire deaths in the U.S. are caused by accidents involving home-heating equipment, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Experts encourage residents to put fresh batteries in their smoke alarms and to keep space heaters away from combustible objects. WVNS-TV (Ghent, W.Va.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  PERC News 
  • Free Winter Storms Safety Materials Available
    Help your customers prepare for and react to snowstorms with safety material from the Propane Education & Research Council. The Winter Storms material includes a brochure, a 10 Things You Can Do handout, and an interactive module in English and Spanish. PERC also offers a High Snowfall Areas brochure. All the material is available for free on PERC's Consumer Safety page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lower Static Electricity Risk
    Operators of propane handling facilities can lower their risk from static electricity with the Static Electricity in the Propane Industry booklet from the Propane Education & Research Council. Use the booklet to learn how to evaluate your facility for static electricity ignition hazards, and train your staff on its dangers. Download a PDF copy of the booklet. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Treat your workers like a pack of huskies
    As individuals, husky dogs are notoriously headstrong, but put them in a sled team and they'll work together, Jack Zenger writes. Many employees are the same: Their productivity and value only emerge when you put them in the right context. "Sometimes ... you will never recognize an employee's full potential until they are placed in the right area with the right people," Zenger writes. Forbes (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why bosses should join the culture club
    Many bosses neglect culture in favor of agonizing over products and services, writes S. Chris Edmonds. That's a mistake: Culture, after all, is the driver of all company activity. "Because of this fact, corporate culture may be your company's most important asset," Edmonds argues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart."
--Socrates,
Greek philosopher


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