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November 26, 2012
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  • Propane is a safe, convenient fuel, Texas firm says
    Texas-based Mt. Enterprise Automatic Gas touts propane as an ideal home-heating fuel this winter as the fuel is safe and readily accessible. The company also reminds residents and business owners to be mindful of safety when using propane to prevent incidents such as fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. "Propane is a very safe and convenient energy source. Our goal at Mt. Enterprise Automatic Gas is to inform the public of important information that makes using propane even safer and more convenient," said company President Tim Stainback. Longview News-Journal (Texas) (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Inergy posts profit for fiscal Q4
    The sale of its retail propane business helped Inergy post a gain for the fiscal fourth quarter, the company said. Inergy reported a $540 million profit for the quarter ended Sept. 30. The company gained $589.5 from its sale of Suburban Propane Partners in August. MarketWatch (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy firms set sights on transport sector to sell natural gas
    Chesapeake Energy and other major U.S. energy producers are targeting the transportation sector to market natural gas as a fuel for trucks, buses and other vehicles. A growing number of fleet operators are riding the wave, including AT&T, UPS and Waste Management, which have begun converting their vehicles to run on natural gas. "It's simply a matter of time before the U.S. meaningfully shifts from transportation systems built around consuming high-priced oil to consuming low-priced domestic natural gas," said Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon. Yahoo/The Associated Press (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Housing gains continue, giving boost to overall economy
    Positive movement in multiple housing-related markers, including October home sales, indicates continued recovery in the housing market, reports say. Deutsche Bank economist Joseph LaVorgna says housing improvement will boost jobs, including in construction, as well as consumer spending. He predicts that the housing recovery could fuel U.S. economic growth by a percentage point in 2013. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Technology is the story of U.S. natural gas, EIA official says
    The expectation-defying growth of U.S. natural gas reserves should bring continued gains and innovation, according to this article. "The shale gas and tight oil technology story is only beginning, with much yet to be written," said Energy Information Administration economist Aloulou Fawzi. AOL Energy (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  PERC News 
  • Superstorm Sandy Page Added to
    A Web page on the safe use of propane in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy has been added to from the Propane Education & Research Council. The superstorm Sandy page includes three public service announcements, safety information from the propane gas associations of New Jersey and New York, hurricane safety brochures and interactive modules and a bullet list of safety guidelines for propane and hurricanes. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Video Previews Personal Safety Series
    A new video previews the comprehensive Propane Personal Safety Training Series from the Propane Education & Research Council. The three-part series offers insight and training for on-the-job safety directed to management and staff, as well as illustrating specific safe procedures for common tasks in the propane industry. View the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Lean strategy tips from Tesco's former CEO
    Lean business strategies are a smart way for companies to operate more efficiently and wring profitability out of supply chains, says Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco, in this Big Think video. "When you conserve things, when you don't waste things, when you're frugal with the use of resources, actually you find that you can produce more for less cost, and that's more profitable," Leahy says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 keys to leading change in your workplace
    Workplace cultures driven by values and high performance do not happen by accident or by a leader declaring that change will occur, S. Chris Edmonds writes. "People change only when they see their leaders consistently model desired behaviors. Therefore, to change their organization's or team's culture, leaders must define, demonstrate, and reinforce their desired culture," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease."
--Marianne Moore,
American poet and writer

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