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November 27, 2012
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  • Calif. firm educates people about autogas, touts benefits
    Greg Schultze, regional sales manager for Delta Liquid Energy, is educating people about the benefits of using propane autogas as a vehicle fuel. "It's an educational process to inform people, because when you talk about propane, about 90 percent of them think about their barbecues," he said. "Part of the issue is it's still so new. The challenge is trying to get the word out to people who do run fleets that this technology is available. It's a mission of mine now to get the word out," Schultze said. Ventura County Star (Calif.) (free registration) (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fleets in propane autogas program reduced emissions in Q3
    Fleets from the 12 U.S. states that are part of the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 250 tons during the third quarter, SPADP reported. The program has helped fleets slash emissions by more than 2,000 tons over the years by displacing about 1 million gallons of gasoline with propane autogas. LPGasMagazine.com (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • 20 alt-fuel projects gain Energy Department funding
    The Department of Energy has allotted approximately $11 million to fund 20 projects under the Clean Cities program. The projects include infrastructure and safety training to ensure wider adoption of alternative fuel, such as propane autogas. Autoblog/Green (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Use Smart Incentives to Build Alternative Fuel Use
    Creating a national energy policy will mean making some strategic choices, writes Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council. "The challenge is how to efficiently encourage alternative fuels on a tight budget," he writes. Alt fuels have gained sustainable market share in nations with reduced road and sales taxes on motor fuel. Find Roy's column in the Propane Today blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Brochure Details Free Training for Builders
    A free brochure on continuing education credits is designed for local builders. The brochure from the Propane Education & Research Council highlights online courses that cover such topics as installation, products, applications and propane's environmental advantages. Most of the courses are available either as an on-demand webinar or in the PDF format. The brochure can be downloaded from this page on the Propane MaRC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Relationship-management tips for new executives
    Newly appointed executives probably already know the importance of nurturing relationships, but their existing interpersonal techniques might not work as well in a larger role, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Small-group meetings still have a place in the new manager's toolkit, but it's also important to develop the skills needed for running all-hands meetings and other large-group sessions. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to drive a Jeep across quicksand
    Managing innovation is like driving a Jeep across a pond of quicksand, says John Nottingham, a co-president of Nottingham Spirk. It's risky, but you need to commit fully to the path you've chosen and not stop to second-guess yourself. "If you pause to think about it for a while, you start sinking in the quicksand and all of a sudden you disappear," Nottingham says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • Correction
    An item in the Nov. 26 PERC SmartBrief misstated the amount of money Inergy gained from the sale of its retail propane business to Suburban Propane Partners. The amount is $589.5 million. SmartBrief regrets the error. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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