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November 16, 2012
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  • PERC CEO touts advantages of propane autogas
    Propane autogas has several advantages over compressed natural gas as a vehicle fuel, said Propane Education & Research Council President and CEO Roy Willis. Propane autogas requires a tenth of the pressurization of CNG, which means refueling costs less and is easier. PERC is focusing on vehicle fleets, and companies such as Roush CleanTech convert trucks, vans and school buses. "Propane is used in vehicles with better mileage, so more propane vehicles translates to fewer gallons per vehicle," Willis said. Car Talk (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Shale renaissance benefits U.S. petrochemical producers
    The U.S. shale natural gas boom is leading to a revival in the country's petrochemical and manufacturing industries as firms such as Dow Chemical, Methanex and Honeywell make moves to capitalize on the trend. The main reason for such investments "comes back to the massive competitive advantage the United States has with natural gas today," said George Biltz, vice president for energy and climate change at Dow Chemical. Meanwhile, Honeywell recently acquired a stake in natural gas technology provider Thomas Russell to offer more efficient methods of gas extraction to producers. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Poll: Green building expected to expand in global market by 2015
    Green building is expected to have a larger global presence by 2015, according to a survey by McGraw-Hill Construction on members of the Green Building Council in 62 countries. More than half of the respondents expect green projects to comprise 60% of their work by 2015. The green-building demand is likely to grow because of its benefits for business, the study found. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Drain fuel with ethanol from engines for seasonal storage
    Leaving gasoline with ethanol in the carburetor for an extended time can damage small engines inside snowblowers and other equipment and prevent them from starting when needed, experts said. Ethanol can cause moisture buildup, said Dave Aurand, owner of Wilson Hardware in Rochester, N.Y. Before putting equipment away for the season, drain the fuel by switching the tank off and running the carburetor dry, mechanic Paul Marone said. WHEC-TV (Rochester, N.Y.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Space Heater Safety is Right for Cold Weather
    Colder weather means it's time for marketers to share with customers season-appropriate safety modules from the Propane Education & Research Council. The "Using Space Heaters Safely" module provides tips on the proper use of propane-fueled space heaters and can be viewed in a few minutes. View the module. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • List of EPA-Certified Autogas Vehicles is Available
    An extensive list of propane autogas vehicles that have earned certification from the Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board is available as a PDF on the Propane Education & Research Council website. The list includes the vehicles of major manufacturers and of providers of conversion equipment. View the list. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • The myths of modern leadership
    People used to think the right and ability to lead was conferred by the gods -- and a number of similar myths still plague the modern workforce, writes Brian Evje. Ideas such as that leaders are born rather than made and that leaders should be fearless and infallible are among the damaging misconceptions about the nature of 21st-century leadership, Evje writes. Inc. online (free registration) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to teach your workers to be more upbeat
    Jason Selk taught mental toughness to the St. Louis Cardinals, and argues his successes show the importance of teaching your team to be optimistic and upbeat about their potential. "Optimism isn't just an innate temperament trait -- it's also a skill that can be learned," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: The only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect."
--William Carlos Williams,
American poet and physician

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