Under the OG&E Schools and Government Efficiency Program, the utility provides incentive funding for energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits based on the measures that the organization chooses. These incentives can cover up to 90 pct of the cost of purchasing and installing equipment.
(Source: Carter County Commission, Daily Ardmoriete, 13 Aug., 2017)Contact: Carter County Commission, (580) 223-8414, www.cartercountyok.us;
CLEAResult, Michele Negley, VP, (512) 327-9200, www.clearesult.com; Oklahoma Gas & Electric, (405) 553-3000, www.oge.com
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The regulations are intended to ensure the Commonwealth achieves the greenhouse gas emissions limits for 2020, required by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The final regulations lay out an approach to reduce GHG emissions from multiple sectors to 25 pct below 1990 emissions levels and an 80 pct reduction by 2050.
The regulations address CO2 emissions; reducing methane emissions from natural gas distribution mains and services; increasing clean energy through the development of a clean energy sandard; reducing CO2 missions from electric power plants; cutting sulfur hexafluoride emissions from gas-insulated switchgear; and others.
The Executive Order also directs the state to begin planning for climate change adaptation and working with communities statewide state to assess vulnerability and build resiliency to address climate change impacts.
Access the MassDEP final rules HERE. (Source: Mass DEP, Aug., 2017) Contact: MassDEP, Martin Suuberg, Dir., (617) 292-5500, www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/about
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In her paper, Clark looked at the goals of recently passed legislation mandating that the state of California cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct of 1990 levels by 2030, and a further reduction to 80 pct by 2050. Along with these cuts are authorizations for policy changes, technology improvements and other measures, such as rebates and upgrades in the electrical grid, that would help California achieve its goals. But policy changes and technology improvements alone won't work because people want to be comfortable in a cool (or warm) room, have convenient ways to cook food, and have lighting in their homes they consider to be warm and pleasing.
The report suggests that Californians should consider interventions to limit CO2 emissions similar to those undertaken in Japan which mandated that all government buildings could not be heated or cooled when temperatures are between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius (68-82 F). Within two years of implementation, the program led to an estimated 1.14 million-ton reduction in emissions.
What is needed is more sociological research that focuses on consumer behavior and policy that focuses on reducing the overall consumption of energy, according to the study. "Through deeper examinations of the ways in which energy consumption is socially and culturally determined we can begin to construct more holistic policies that take into account why and how people actually consume energy." (Source: UC Davis, DOE Science News Source, 14 Aug., 2017)
Contact: UC-Davis, Dept. of Socialogy, Bridget Clark, (530) 752-0782, www.ucdavis.edu
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An understanding is expected to be signed between government run Goa Shipyard limited, the Indian Coast Guard and energy producer Gas India Limited (GAIL) for conducting further study of the government plan.
Presently, as part of its 2030 Energy Policy, the Province of Quebec's 2017-2020 Action Plan calls for the establishment of the province's first biofuels volumetric blending requirements starting at 5 pct for gasoline and 2 pct for diesel; as well as a 5 pct for renewable natural gas.
(Source: Greenfield Global, PR, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field , CEO, email@example.com, www.greenfield.com
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In Q2 of this year, Rentech's industrial wood pellet revenues fell to $3.2 million compared to $6.5 million for the same period in 2016. Operating loss was $2.7 million for Q2 2017, compared to $6.6 million for the same period last year, due primarily to the idling of its Wawa plant, according to a company report. (Source: Rentech, Others, Cdn. Biomass, 15 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Rentech, Sean Ebnet, VP Wood Fiber Bus., Julie Dawoodjee Cafarella, VP Investor Relations, (310) 571-9800 ext 341, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rentechinc.com; DRAX Group, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com, www.draxbiomass.com
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El Nino is a periodic climate event that causes waters to warm up in east-central Pacific Ocean, which in turn causes huge changes in wind directions bringing less rain to south-east Asia and the Indian subcontinent, while increasing rain in other parts of the world. According to a report in the scientific journal Nature, the El Nino led to excessive carbon dioxide releases through hot weather and drought which caused extensive wildfires in south-east Asia, while drought in the Amazon rainforest stunted plant growth, reducing the amount of carbon they absorb while growing. Besides these, warmer weather and near normal rainfall in Africa caused forests to exhale more CO2.
The NASA measurements are a first for satellite tracking CO2 levels. Earlier, changes in greenery were tracked and from that deductions were made. In recent times, CO2 emissions from burning of fossil fuels had flattened out to about 36.2 billion tonnes in 2014 and 2015. Projections for 2016 indicated that emissions were still flat.
(Source: NASA, Times of India, Economic Times, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory, (818) 354-7716, www.nasa.gov
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Under the congressman's proposal, the carbon tax funds, which would be held in trust and administered by the US. Treasury, would be used for infrastructure projects, a consumer tax rebate and support for "carbon-intensive industries workers such as coal workers."
Approximately $50 billion over the 10 year period would go toward mine-worker pensions and training; health benefits; abandoned mine reclamation; economic development; development of carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies.
(Source: U.S. Rep. John Larson, PR, Aug., 2017) Contact: Rep. John Larson, (202) 225-2265, (860) 278-8888, www.larson.house.gov
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Among the funding recipients, engineering professor Animesh Dutta will receive $177,127 from CFI. Along with engineering professors Shohel Mahmud and Emily Chiang, he will study how to turn agri-food waste into bioproducts including bio-carbon, a potential replacement for coal, bio-oil, a possible substitute for petroleum, and syngas, an alternative for natural gas. (Source: University of Guelph, PR, Guelph Today, 15 Aug., 2017)Contact: University of Guelph, Prof, Animesh Dutta, (519) 824-4120, www.uoguelph.ca
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The solar manufacturer has reportedly been in financial trouble due to lower priced solar panel imports from China and falling solar tariffs in India, and has been unable to restructure its approximate $ 149 million debt. The firm now has up to 270 days to resolve its debt problem or face liquidation. (Source: Moser Baer India, Financial Express, Various Media, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Moser Baer Solar, +91 120 465 8000, www.moserbaersolar.com
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The Aurora Solar Energy Project will utilize SolarReserve's solar thermal technology with integrated molten salt energy storage. With a massive 1,100 MWh of energy storage capability, Aurora will be the largest project of its kind in the world.
The Generation Project Agreement is similar to a Power Purchase Agreement for renewable energy, except that emphasis is placed on the available capacity of the facility during peak demand periods rather than the energy that can be delivered in kWh. Aurora will deliver power into the National Electricity Market (NEM) at high value electricity periods, providing additional capacity, energy security and reliability services, as well as competition into the South Australian market.
As part of the project, SolarReserve will establish a research partnership with South Australian universities to advance solar thermal research and education in South Australia.
(Source: SolarReserve, PR, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: SolarReserve, Tom Georgis, Senior VP of Development, (310) 315-2200, www.solarreserve.com
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South Korea, which to date has been a marginal wind industry player, is phasing out coal and nuclear power generation and accelerating the deployment of renewable energy for power generation. (Source: World Wind Energy Association, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: World Wind Energy Association, www.wwindea.org
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Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2017, which excludes countervailing duty deposits of $4.6 million, was a record $14.8 million, compared to $6.1 million in the first quarter of 2017 and $9.0 million in the second quarter of 2016. Compared to the previous quarter, an improvement in lumber segment adjusted EBITDA of $10.3 million was partially offset by seasonally lower bioenergy segment adjusted EBITDA and foreign exchange translation loss. Compared to the second quarter of 2016, lumber segment adjusted EBITDA improved by $6.7 million and bioenergy segment adjusted EBITDA was lower by $0.6 million. (Source: Conifex, PR, 10 Aug., 2017) Contacts: Conifex,
Yuri Lewis, CFO,
(778) 331-8687, www.conifex.com
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Among the programs noted by the FGBC in Manatee County are the county's use of an energy efficient downtown chiller plant, a transition to single-stream recycling as the Manatee Library, expansion of the county's "green practices" staff, cutting city landfill energy costs and the launch of numerous other energy efficiency initiatives and projects. (Source: Manatee County, SRQ, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: US Green Building Council,
Manatee County , Diana Robinson, Energy Manager, (941) 784-4501, www.mymanatee.org; Florida Green Building Coalition , Exec. Dir., C.J. Davila, (407) 777-4914, floridagreenbuilding.org
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According to the researchers, "a tree growing on a ridge may only ever grow to be 30 feet tall. But the same species down in the drainage bottom could be 150 feet tall and it could have 10 times the biomass, and that would mean it was doing maybe 10 times the carbon capture of the trees on the ridges."
Simply put, trees and other plants use biomass, or their living tissue, to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as part of the photosynthesis process that puts oxygen back into the atmosphere. Taller trees have more biomass. The research
could be useful to land managers and scientists modeling the effects of climate change.
(Source: University of Arizona BIO5 Institute, Aug., 2017)
Contact: University of Arizona, Tyson Swetnam, Ecologist, (520) 626-2465, https://research.arizona.edu/learn-more/bio5-institut, www.bio5.org
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The plant, which will convert 175,000 tpy of garbage into 11 million gpy of fuel, is expected to break ground in next month. (Source: Nevada Appeal, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: Fulcrum BioEnergy, Jeanne Benedetti, VP, Jim Macias, CEO, Pres., (925) 730-0150, email@example.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com
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Within the parameters of technical feasibility and cost effectiveness, federal efficiency standards compel product designers and manufacturers to reduce the amount of energy and water necessary for the proper operation of appliances and other building equipment. Operational efficiency means less waste of natural and financial resources. The legal limit on energy/water consumption for designated products -- applied equally to all manufacturers of those products -- makes energy efficiency a priority instead of an afterthought or a competitive disadvantage .
Download the Environmental and Energy Study Institute Energy Efficiency Standards for Appliances, Lighting and Equipment report
HERE Contact: EESI, (2020 628-1400, www.eesi.org
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The Kumamoto Yamaga Solar Park C will incorporate 125,280 solar panels to generate
38 million kWh per year -- sufficient power for 12,000 homes -- and offset approximately 21 million tpy of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Smart Solar presently operate has 30 solar power stations totaling 200 MW in Japan. (Source: Smart Solar Corp., Renewables Now, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: Smart Solar Corp., +81-3-5623-2345,
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As previously reported, the province is expecting approximately $1.3 billion in revenue from the newly created cap-and-trade program in 2017 -- the programs first year.
(Source: Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, CBC News. 10 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 212-7307, https://www.ontario.ca/ministry-environment-and-climate-change
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The new rules require utilities produce 80 pct of their power from low-carbon sources by 2050, and creates a cap-and-trade program for 21 fossil fuel power plants in the state Mass Live reports. The rules also call for lower emissions from state-owned or leased vehicles and a reduction in methane leaks along natural gas distribution lines.
The expanded regulations come nine years after Massachusetts lawmakers passed a climate change law to cut emissions by 25 pct below 1990 levels by 2020, and by 80 pct before 2050. As of 2014, the Bay State's emissions were down 21 pct from 1990 levels. (Source: Mass Live, the Hill, Others, 11 Aug., 2017)
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To that end, the transportation ministry is promoting biofuel and electric powered public transportation and working with the Finance Ministry to cut the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on biodiesel from the present 18 pct to 5 pct. The government has also passed legislation requiring flexi-engines, shipping and inland waterways to use methanol and other Biofuels .
(Source: Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Times of India, 11 Aug., 2017) Contact: Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas www.petroleum.nic.in
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To date, TGC has deployed approximately 30 pct of its Fund III capital on building and financing renewable energy electric power infrastructure projects. The existing investment portfolio consists of commercial and sub-utility scale solar power plants with contracted offtake agreements with municipal utilities, military bases, universities, and corporate clients.
(Source: True Green Capital Management LLC, PR, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: True Green Capital, (203) 557-6224, www.truwgreencapital.com
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About 60 pct of C-PACE projects are solar and another 20 pct involve solar combined with other energy-efficient practices, according to the Green Bank.
C-PACE projects have generated 21.2 MW of clean energy, created nearly 1,500 green jobs, eliminated nearly 19,600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and saved $198 million in energy costs, according to the Green Bank's its second-quarter report for 2017.
(Source: Connecticut Green Bank, News Times, 12 Aug., 2017) Contact: Connecticut Green Bank, Mackey Dykes, VP, (860) 563-0015, www.ctgreenbank.com
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FS Bioenergia, a joint venture between Brazil's Fiagril Participaçoes and U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group,
produces ethanol and corn co-products in the city of Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso state. The state is Brazil's largest producer of corn, soybeans and livestock. There are currently around 360 sugar cane-based ethanol plants in Brazil.
(Source: FS Bioenergia, Reuters,
Contact: FS Bioenergia, +55 65 35 48 1500, www.fsbioenergia.com.br
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PBLP has operated two wood pellet works with a combined capacity 175,000 tpy in cooperation with Canfor Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, at Canfor's Chetwynd and Fort St. John saw-milling facilities since 2016. (Source: Sumitomo, EUWID, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Canadian Pacific Bioenergy, www.pacificbioenergy.ca; Canfor Pulp, Martin Pudlas, VP OPerations, Don Kayne, (604) 661-5241, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.canfor.com
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Pilot projects include the installation of two large-scale ground source heat pumps in Edinburgh's Saughton Park Winter Gardens and new building developments, energy efficiency measures in NHS Lanarkshire health centres and Orkney schools, and the extension of a district heating network to tower blocks in Falkirk.
(Source: Various Media, Energy Voice, 10 Aug., 2017)
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The project construction is expected the get underway this month for operation by the end of the year. YDE will manage the construction, operation and maintenance of the solar PV plant for the next 15 years.
This system will provide 347,000 kWh of electricity per year and cut CO2 emissions 244 tpy, according to a statement.
YDE identifies, finances and implements solar and energy efficiency solutions for commercial and industrial energy consumers in the Middle East and Africa. (Source: Yellow Door Energy, TradeArabia News Service, 13 Aug., 2017) Contact: Yellow Door Energy, Jeremy Crane, CEO, +971 4 454 3033, email@example.com, www.yellowdoorenergy.com
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The Bishop Hill 3 wind farm is expected to generate sufficient electr power for as many as 53,000 homes and businesses, according to WPPI. Currently, 14 pct of the electricity WPPI owns or is contracted to buy comes from renewable resources.
Details of the Invenergy – WPPI agreement were not disclosed. (Source: WPPI, Wisc. State Journal, 12 Aug., 2017) Contact: WPPI, Mike Peters, CEO,
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Austin Energy presently generates or buys power from a mix of sources, including vast wind farms and solar arrays in West Texas, local gas plants, a nuclear plant in South Texas and a coal power plant in La Grange. The utility has committed to beginning to shut down its portion of that coal-fired Fayette Power Project, which it jointly owns with the Lower Colorado River Authority, in 2022.
The city currently purchased 37 pct of its power from renewable resources, according to Austin Energy. (Source: Austin Energy, my Statesman, 11 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Austin Energy, Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, (512) 494-9400, www.austinenergy.com
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Outback has been dedicated to providing high-quality concrete from six local locations to the Central Valley for 50 years, and this new equipment will improve not only the environmental impact of the concrete they produce, but the overall integrity of the material, as well. CarbonCure’s technology, which will be installed in Outback’s Fresno plant, chemically sequesters waste CO2 in the concrete during the manufacturing process. CarbonCure is one of 27 semi-finalists in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE challenge, which has been called the Nobel prize for climate technologies. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carboncure.com;
Outback Materials, (559) 683-3131, www.OutbackMaterials.com; California High-Speed Rail Authority, www.hsr.ca.gov
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The project incorporates seven wind turbines of 2MW capacity each and an annual energy output of around 40GWh. Each turbine will be equipped with the battery energy storage system (BESS) that includes batteries, power conversion system, power management and energy management systems.
(Source: Nidec ASI, Energy Storage, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: Nidec, www.nidec.com
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The report concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. The report was completed this year and is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is congressionally mandated every four years.
The City Council recently resolved the city would follow the the Paris Climate Accord commitments, despite the Trump administration's withdrawal. The new Climate Action Plan will set goals in line with state goals to decrease greenhouse gasses by 40 pct below 2005 levels by the year 2030 and 80 pct below the 2005 level by 2050.
The new plan, which will be drafted by a six-person task force, is intended to become a model and leader for larger cities like Oakland, Berkeley and others.
In addition to CO2 emissions, the plan will address refrigerants and other gases that affect climate change.
The Climate Action Plan is expected to be completed this fall for adoption in early 2018. (Source: City of Piedmont, East Bay Times, 8 August, 2017) Contact: City of Piedmont, Emily Alvarez, Climate Action Task Force, City Planner, (510) 420-3070, www.ci.piedmont.ca.us
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Merkur Offshore is a JV of its shareholders PG Merkur Holding , InfraRed Capital Partners, DEME Concessions and Coriolis.
The Merkur Offshore wind farm features 66, GE Haliade 150 offshore wind turbines with nominal power of 6 MW each.(Source: CWind, EBR, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: CWind Global, +44 (0) 1245 702000, email@example.com, cwind.global.com
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The asset sale is expected to go for $100-150 million.
Kotak Mahindra Capital, an investment bank, has been appointed to help find financial and strategic investors. (Source: KCT Group, LiveMint, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: KCT Group, +65 6487 4646, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.kctgroup.com; Kotak Mahindra Capital, www.investmentbank.kotak.com
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The company said corn purchases from area farmers will grow from 24 million bushels to 50 million bpy. (Source: POET, The Blade, 10 Aug., 2017)
Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380, www.ethanolproducts.com
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Direct Energy Business will work with customers throughout the program's process including project scoping, submission of the NYSERDA application and installation. Direct Energy Business will also provide real time energy monitoring and quarterly reports.
Eligible buildings include office buildings, health care facilities, and state and local governments. NYSERDA has dedicated $30 million to this program and it will be open until June 2021, or until all funds have been allocated.
(Source: Direct Energy, PR, Aug., 2017)
Contact: Direct Energy, www.directenergy.com; NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
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Autani's EnergyCenter building management platform connects Lighting, Metering, HVAC, Refrigeration and Sensors to control, monitor and verify energy consumption through a single system with either wireless or wired connectivity. (Source: Hitachi Capital, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: Htachi Capital America, Jeff Cowan, (952) 996-0270, email@example.com; Autani, www.autani.com
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The nearly $8 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project is expected to earn the College $122,757 in energy rebates and incentives and deliver more than $576,000 annually in energy savings for the next 15 years.
The project includes energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades to 474,900 square feet of space in 17 campus buildings and and consists of 16 Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that will prove entirely self-funded within the 15-year repayment term. Work on the projec t is slated to get underway this fall. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 10 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Luzerne County Community College,:
Lisa Nelson, 570-740-0732, www.luzerne.edu; Ameresco,
CarolAnn Hibbard, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com
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Netherlands-headquartered Corbion reports it has entered into a "stalking horse" stock and asset purchase agreement of approximately $20 million with TerraVia Holding.
The auction process and transaction, which are subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is expected to conclude within 60 to 90 days. (Source: TerraVia Holding, Corbin, 8 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Corbion, www.corbion.com; TerraVia Holding, (650) 780-4777, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.terravia.com
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