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HECO Solar,Storage Projects Set Renewables Benchmark (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2019-01-04
In Honolulu, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) -- Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light -- reports it has submitted contracts for seven grid-scale, solar-plus-storage projects on three islands to the Public Utilities Commission for review. The projects are part of the largest and lowest cost portfolio of new renewable energy resources to be assembled in Hawaii.

The projects -- three on Oahu, two on Maui and two on Hawaii Island -- will add approximately 262 MW of solar energy with 1,048 MWh of storage.

The prices for six of the seven projects, which are the lowest to date for renewable electricity in the state, are charged to customers with no mark-up or profit to the utility.

The seven solar-plus-storage projects are the result of a procurement effort the HECO companies began in February 2018 to expand their renewable energy portfolios. An additional project, a 12.5-MW solar array in West O‘ahu that will include a 50-MWh storage system, is also being planned, with the contract expected to be submitted to regulators in coming weeks.

HECO presently has over 500 MW of renewable energy under contract in addition to nearly 80,000 private rooftop systems in operation. (Source: HECO, PR, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  

Pacific Ethanol Considers Idling Additional Capacity (Ind. Report)
Pacific Ethanol
Date: 2019-01-04
Further to our 21 December coverage, in the Golden State, Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol Inc, the sixth-largest US ethanol producer, is reportedly planning to further cut ethanol production in the Midwest due to high production costs and low ethanol prices. According to Reuters, the company is considering idling its 110 million- gpy ethanol plant in Aurora, Nebraska sometime this month and keep it idle until the summer.

As previously reported, Pacific Ethanol shuttered a smaller, 45 million gpy ethanol plant on the same property in Aurora. To date, the company has idled roughly 20 percent of its production capacity due to weak demand and low prices. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, Sacramento Business Journal, 3 Jan., 2018)Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Ethanol,  Ethanol,  

Renaissance Tech Ups Clean Energy Fuels Stake (Ind. Report)
Renaissance Technologies
Date: 2019-01-04
East Setauket, NY-headquartered Renaissance Technologies LLC reports it has raised its position in Clean Energy Fuels Corp. by 58.4 pct, according to its most recent SEC filing.. With this move,the firm holds 3.35 pct of Clean Energy Fuels worth $17,708,000, according to the SEC filing.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. provides natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The company supplies renewable natural gas (RNG), compressed natural gas (CNG), and liquefied natural gas (LNG) for light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles; and provides operation and maintenance services for vehicle fleet customer stations. (Source: Renaissance Technologies, Clean Energy Fuels, Fairfield Current, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: Renaissance Technologies,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renaissance Technologies news,  Clean Energy Fuels news,  RNG news,  

Edinburgh Hotel Opts for Li-Ion Battery Power (Int'l. Report)
Energy Storage
Date: 2019-01-04
In Scotland, the 200-room, Gyle Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park is reporting the installation of a five-tonne , 3m cubed lithium-ion battery that is expected to shave £20,000 a year off its energy bill, as well as cut the facility's carbon emissions by half by 2025.

Electricity company E.ON has supplied and installed the technology at the hotel and will be remotely managing the battery's workload and efficiency from its energy management center in Glasgow. (Source: BBC News, Jan., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON.Energy Storage,  Battery,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  

Biodiesel Tax Credit Still in Limbo (Reg. & Leg.)
American Soybean Association
Date: 2019-01-04
According to an American Soybean Association posting, on Dec. 20, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a package of tax provisions, including extension of the biodiesel tax credit, by a vote of 220-183. However, that tax package did not get a vote in the Senate prior to the stalemate on the remaining government funding bills that resulted in a partial government shutdown and time running out on the 115th session of Congress. A new Congress is sworn in on Jan. 3 marking the start of a new session and any legislation will have to be re-introduced in the House or Senate. Given the on-going stand-off on government funding and the border wall, it is unclear when or if pending tax issues will be addressed. ASA notes it will continue to reiterate the value and importance of the biodiesel tax credit and urge Congress to enact a long-term extension as soon as possible. (Source: American Soybean Association, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact:

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Soybean Association,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit,  

Global Biofuels Market $218.7Bn in 2022, says Report (Report Available)
Date: 2019-01-04
The recently released Biofuels Market by Type (Bioethanol and Biodiesel), and by Form – Solid (Biocoal, Biochar), Fuel Pellets Liquid (Biodiesel and Bioethanol), and Gaseous (Biogas, Biopropane, and Syngas) -- Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2016 -- 2022 biofuels market report from Zion Market Research provides complete global biofuels market information and statistics identifying opportunities for various product developers and services providers, industries, associations, firms and upcoming and established biofuel industry players.

The report segments the market on the basis of region, the type services, technologies, products offered, and includes marketing and trade volumes.

Report details HERE[endlink target=_blank>. (Source: Zion Market Research, Technology News Extra, Jan., 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zion Market Research,  Biofuel,  

New Jersey BPU OK's Offshore Wind Funding Mechanism (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2019-01-02
In Trenton, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) reports it has green-lighted the adoption of a funding mechanism for the state's offshore wind programme, which targets 3.5 GW by 2030. The Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificate (OREC) funding scheme defines the process by which all offshore wind projects will be financed and how revenues will flow back to ratepayers, according to a NJBPU press release.

The NJBPU also announced the rejection of the up to 25-MW Nautilus pilot offshore wind project in New Jersey waters on the grounds that the project's "unsubstantiated benefits" would be a burden to ratepayers. (Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Renewables, Dec., 2018)Contact: NJ BPU,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ,  

India's EESL Raised $800 Mn for Energy Efficiency Services (Int'l)
Energy Efficiency Services Ltd
Date: 2019-01-02
In New Delhi, Indian state owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) reports it has raised its first long-term rupee loan of Rs 500 crore (1 crore = $160,000/- 500 crores = $800,000,000) from the government owned Punjab National Bank (PNB). The funds will be earmarked for EESL's national energy efficient street lighting programme, smart meter programme, solar substation and e-mobility projects, according to a press statement.

In other recent EESL news, in March, 2018, the company's UK subsidiary EnergyPro Assets acquired British power generation solutions provider Edina UK Ltd for £55 million (Rs 493 crore). In May, 2018, EESL received a $300 million loan from the World Bank for residential and public sector energy efficiency projects. (Source: EESL, IANS, 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: Punjab National Bank,; Energy Efficiency Services Ltd., Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services Ltd,  

Alberta's Renewable Electricity Program Success Lauded (Ind. Report)
CanWEA,Alberta Electric System Operator
Date: 2019-01-02
In Calgary, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is applauding the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and the Government of Alberta for its continuing success in attracting some of the lowest prices ever seen for wind energy generation in Canada, as revealed today with the announcement of contracts for Rounds Two and Three of the Alberta Renewable Electricity Program (REP). The AESO will secure power from five new wind energy projects representing 763 MW of capacity at an average weighted price of $39 per MWh.

Since 2016, the AESO has awarded contracts to projects that will nearly double the province's installed wind energy capacity, and result in a 10 pct increase to Canada's installed wind energy capacity, which currently sits at just under 13,000 MW.

The companies behind the projects announced today have each signed a 20-year Indexed Renewable Energy Credit (Source: CANWEA, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Canadian Wind Energy Association, Robert Hornung, President, (613) 915-4857, www.canwea,ca; Alberta Electric System Operator,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CanWEA,  Wind,  

HECO Increases Hawaii-wide Solar Energy Access (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2019-01-02
Reporting from Honolulu, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) -- Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light -- notes that in 10 years since the creation of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, the companies have reduced fossil fuel use by 26 pct, or 48 million fewer gpy of imported oil for electric power generation.

HECO also reports nearly 3,000 new private rooftop solar systems came online in 2018 for a total of about 77,000 systems -- one of every three single-family homes on Oahu has rooftop solar, the highest percentage in the U.S.

In 2018, the HECO companies also laid the foundation for the largest surge in renewable energy in Hawaii history with solar-plus-storage projects and a major wind project that together, pending regulatory approval, will add 325 MW of clean electric generation across the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Hawaii. Two solar-plus-storage projects on Maui and two on Hawaii Island will be the largest grid-scale solar facilities on those islands and are in addition to nearly 200 MW of new renewable generation planned or presently under construction.

Many Hawaii residents hope to join the 77,000-plus customers using private rooftop solar and the HECO continue working to make that choice available to more families. New programs launched in 2018 made it possible for customers to: receive credit on electric bills for electricity sent to the grid only during peak demand hours; get credit for sending electricity to the grid while allowing utilities to limit it, if necessary, for grid stability; and for present net metering customers to add capacity and energy storage if new equipment does not send electricity to the grid.

To integrate existing and new customer-sited and grid-scale renewable energy, HECO is modernizing the electric grid for the 21st century. In 2018, the utilities received approval to start a $205-million, strategic, grid modernization plan, developed with the greatest stakeholder input ever. HECO also launched the Community-Based Renewable Energy solar program allowing customers on all islands who cannot take advantage of private rooftop solar. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Hawaiian Electric,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

EDF, Shell Investing in New Jersey Offshore Wind (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables,Shell
Date: 2019-01-02
EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US LLC (Shell) are reporting their 50/50 joint venture, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC to co-develop approximately 2,500 MW of offshore wind energy in New Jersey waters. The lease area comprises 183,353 acres about eight miles off the coast of Atlantic City.

The deal is subject to regulatory approvals. Construction is subject to positive final investment decision. If approved and constructed, the project could come online in the mid 2020s.

EDF Renewables presently has 2,800 MW of offshore wind in development or operation in Europe -- Belgium, France, Germany and the UK. (Source: EDF, Shell, Citizens Tribune, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: Shell New Energies, Dorine Bosman, VP, Shell Wind Development,; EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, Sandi Briner , (858) 521-3525,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  EDF Renewables,  

Malaysian Domestic Palm Oil Consumption Promoted ( Int'l. Report)
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Date: 2019-01-02
Following up on our Oct. 19, 2018 coverage -- Malaysian Biodiesel Production, Exports Breaking Records -- the Malaysian Primary Industries Ministry is now reportedly urging the increased consumption of domestic palm oil in many forms, including biofuels. The ministry's palm oil push is intended to expand existing markets, explore new markets, boost domestic consumption and increase consumption in an effort to stabilize and boost domestic palm oil prices.

Palm oil is one of, if not the largest revenue earners for the country, and is key to Malaysia' Biodiesel B10 programme, which kicked off on Dec 1, 2018.

The Malaysian Palm Oil Board is conducting research to determine the percentage of domestic palm oil consumption and the segments and sectors that have yet to utilize palm oil as a raw material.

The Malaysian Biodiesel Association notes that the country's palm oil biodiesel production is likely to hit record levels this year and next, with 2018 exports expected to double from 2017, due to higher oil prices. Malaysia is the world's second-largest producer of palm oil, which can be used as feedstock to make the bio components of biodiesel. According to the Malaysian Biodiesel Association, Malaysian biodiesel production could hit 900,000 tonnes and exports 475,000 tonnes if the current price differential between crude palm oil and gasoil remains at current levels. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, SunDaily, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board,; Malaysian Biodiesel Association,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Malaysian Palm Oil Board,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel ,  

Boralex Snares French Wind Developer Ecotera (Int'l., M&A)
Boralex, Ecotera
Date: 2019-01-02
Qubec-based renewable energy developer Boralex Inc is confirming its acquisition of Lillew, France-based onshore wind project developer Ecotera Development along with a 100-MW portfolio of eight wind projects under various stages of development in France.

Ecotera has developed more than 350 MW of wind power projects in the past few years. (Source: Boralex, Pr 26 Dec., 2018) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Decostre, VP and GM Europe, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353,; Ecotera, +33 3 20 37 60 31,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Ecotera,  Wind,  

NV Energy 1 GW Solar, Energy Storage Approved (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-01-02
In Reno, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) is reporting approval of NV Energy's planned addition of more than 1 GW of solar power to its portfolio for a doubling of its overall renewable energy capacity by 2023.

The plan foresees PPAs for 1,001 MW of solar PV parks coupled with a total of 100 MW of battery storage facilities at a cost of $2 billion, or more, by the end of 2021.

The proposed projects projects -- Battle Mountain Solar Project, Dodge Flat Solar Center, Fish Springs Ranch, Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Ranch, Copper Mountain Solar 5, and the Techren Solar 5 project -- will expand NV Energy's renewables portfolio to around 3,000 MW. NV Energy's portfolio presently 50 solar, geothermal, hydropower, wind, biomass, and supported rooftop solar projects. (Source: NV Energy, Renewables, 31 Dec., 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy ,  Solar,  

Polls Find Growing Climate Awareness, Concerns (Ind. Report)
Climate Change,American Communities Project
Date: 2019-01-02
According to surveys from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the Fairfax, Virginia-based George Mason (University) Center for Climate Change Communication, 70 pct of Americans believe "global warming is happening" and 57 pct believe it is being caused primarily by human activities.

In a similar NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, two-thirds of those surveyed say climate change is a serious problem and the nation needs to take action. Only 30 pct of survey participants said say we don't know enough yet or that we don't need to be concerned with climate change -- down 13 points from 1999.

Of the survey participants, 71 pct of Democrats now say climate change is an urgent problem -- a 42-point increase since 1999 -- 47 pct of independent voters said they want climate change action while only 15 pct of Republicans see a need to deal with climate change -- unchanged since the same question was asked in 1999. (Source: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Meet the Press, NBC, Various Media, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Anthony Leiserowitz, Director,; George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

Pelosi Plans House Climate Change Committee Rebirth (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-01-02
In Washington, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA 12th District), the new Speaker Designate of the US House of Representatives reports she will create a new special committee on climate change to be headed by 7-term Florida Congresswoman Karen Castor (D). Pelosi created a similar committee during her last term as Speaker -- 2007 to 2011 -- but it was eliminated by the Trump administration's Republicans.

Although the membership and scope of the new panel has yet to be announced, it is not expected to have legal authority to demand documents under subpoena. Progressive democrats have been calling for a "Green New Deal" that promotes renewable energy and a new climate panel as part of a "green agenda." (Source: Nancy Pelosi, Various Media, AP, Guardian Various Media, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Nancy Pelosi,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Trump,  

Aemetis Closes on Calif. Dairy Digester RNG Investment (Ind. Report)
Aemetis,Protair-X Americas
Date: 2019-01-02
In the Golden State, Cupertino-headquartered advanced renewable fuel and biochemical specialist Aemetis Inc. reports its subsidiary, Aemetis Biogas LLC, has closed a $30 million equity investment and funded the first $8.3 million tranche to Aemetis Biogas to construct, own and operate dairy biomethane digesters, pipelines and gas cleanup/compression facilities primarily under 20-year agreements with a dozen dairy farm operations in California. The equity funding was provided by Protair-X Americas, an environmental investment unit of Protair-X Technologies in Canada.

In addition to its ethanol and wet distillers grain facility in Keyes, California, Aemetis owns and operates a 50 million gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel biodiesel production facility in India, as well as operates an R&D laboratory and holds patents on renewable fuels and renewable chemicals production related technologies. (Source: Aemetis, Feedstuffs, 31 Dec., 2018)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940,,; Protair-X Americas,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  RNG,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  Protair-X Americas ,  

United Power Touts Colorado Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
United Power,Engie North America
Date: 2019-01-02
Brighton, Colorado-based electric power cooperative United Power reports it has partnered with Tesla and Houston-headquartered Engie North America for the installation of a 4MW/16MWh battery energy storage system in Firestone.

The Tesla battery system, reportedly be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project ever built in Colorado, will store sufficient power for power 600-700 homes and help United Power save approximately $1 million in annual operational costs. (Source: United Power, Smart Energy, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: United Power, Jerry Marizza, Bus. Dev., (303)637-1300,; Engie North America, Luis Felipe Birolini, VP Bus. Dev., (713) 636-0000,,; Tesla,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie North America,  United Power,  Tesla,  Battery Energy Storage ,  

Trudeau's Canadian Carbon Tax Now In Force (Reg. & Leg.)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-01-02
In Ottawa, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial carbon tax is now in force. The price on carbon will be C$20 ($15 US) per metric ton rising to C$50 per ton by 2022. A wide-ranging tax on nearly all fuels is also set to take effect in April in four provinces.

The Trudeau government had proposed a 95 pct standard for the cement and lime sectors and 90 pct for production of petrochemicals, steel, certain types of iron, nitric acid and ammonia. All other sectors have a proposed 80 pct threshold. Companies exceeding those levels can pay a tax, or buy credits from more efficient firms.

The industrial emissions plan applies to Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island -- the provinces that are challenging the Trudeau carbon tax plan -- and to electricity and natural gas pipelines in Saskatchewan. Even with the carbon tax in place, Canada is still expected to fall short of its COP15 target of 513 metric megatons of emissions by 2030. (Source: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Bloomberg, Various Media, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  

Vestas Claims 18-MW Taiwanese Wind Turbines Order (Int'l Report)
Vesatas,Star Energy Corporation
Date: 2019-01-02
Danish wind turbine giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S reports receipt of an 18 MW wind turbine order from Taiwanese local engineering procurement and construction provider Star Energy Corporation. The order includes the supply and supervision of installation of 5 V105-3.45 MW wind turbines delivered in 3.6 MW Power Optimised Mode. A 5-year service agreement AOM 4000 including a Vestas Online® Business SCADA solution is included in the deal.

The turbines are slated for installation at two wind energy projects in Changhua along the west coast of Taiwan. (Source: Vestas, reve, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Clive Turton, Pres. Vestas Asia Pacific, +45 9730 0000,; Star Energy Corporation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Star Energy Corporation,  

Shipping Giant Maersk Pledges Carbon-Neutral Ships by 2050 (Int'l)
Date: 2019-01-02
Global shipping giant Maersk Line the world's largest container shipping company with a fleet of 639 ships, reports its operations will be carbon neutral by 2050 to help fight climate change.

To reach its goal, carbon neutral ships must be commercially available by 2030, and the shipping industry must be fully transitioned into using new carbon neutral fuels and supply chains by 2050.

The Paris Climate Accord excluded pollution from international shipping and aviation in its goal setting on climate change. Because shippers cross multiple jurisdictions in the course of each trip, they were left to police themselves. (Source: Maersk Line, PR, Savannah Now, 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: Maersk Line,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maersk,  Maritime Emissions,  

Global Energy Storage Tech Market Report Touted (Ind. Report)
TMR Research
Date: 2019-01-02
The growing electricity consumption and the gap between the power demand and supply is one of the majorly attributing factors supporting growth of the global advanced energy storage technologies market. The escalating installation of renewable energy and rising demand for hybrid electrical vehicles is one of the major driver propelling demand for the global advanced energy storage technologies market. In addition, rising concern about the carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas is likely to fuel growth of the global advancement energy storage technologies market.

Download a comprehensive report overview HERE. A report sample copy is available HERE. (Source: TMR Research, PR, 1 Jan, 2019) Contact: TMR Research, (415) 520-1050,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  

NextEra Energy Finalizes Gulf Power Acquisition (M&A)
NextEra Energy,NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2019-01-02
In the Sunshine State, Juno Beach based NextEra Energy, Inc., owner of Florida Power & Light Company is reporting completion of its previously announced acquisition of Gulf Power Company from Southern Company .Gulf Power Company serves approximately 450,000 customers throughout northwest Florida.

NextEra Energy also owns a competitive energy business, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery energy storage. (Source: NextEra Energy, PR, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: NextEra Energy,; Florida Power & Light,; Gulf Power,; NextEra Energy Resources,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy news,  Florida Power & Light news,  Wind news,  Solar news,  Renewable Energy news,  NextEra Energy Resources news,  Gulf Power Company news,  

Japanese Woody Biomass Jet Fuel Demo Construction Underway (Int'l)
Fischer-Tropsch,Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Date: 2019-01-02
In December, a Japanese consortium led by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., CEPCO, Toyo Engineering Corp., the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), with support from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), touted a planned demonstration facility that integrates high-performance entrained-flow gasification technology and Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) synthesis for the production of jet fuel from woody biomass. The consortium of the demo project is now underway for an expected trial production run later this year.

When fully operational, the the demo facility will potentially process 0.7 tpd of woody biomass to produce about 20 lpd of "neat" biojet fuel. MHPS will be responsible for the entrained-bed gasification technology, Toyo for micro-channel F-T synthesis technology and the reforming of the synthesized oil, CEPCO for equipment operation and fuel procurement, and JAXA for evaluation of combustion characteristics.

MHPS notes it has been developing coal-gasification technology since the 1980s, and has established high-performance gasification furnace technology. (Source: MHPS, Chemical Engineering, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: MHPS,; NEDO,; JAXA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News JAXA,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Woody Biomass,  Jet Biofuel,  Mitsubishi Hitachi Power ,  

More RFS "Hardship" Waiver Applications Filed (Ind. Report)
RFS,Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2019-01-02
According to a recently released US EPA list of small-refinery "hardship" waivers filed under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), seven new applications for waivers have been filed for the 2018 compliance year. All of the waivers were filed between November 10 and December 18, 2018, when the EPA reported receipt of 22 waiver requests for the 2018 compliance year.

For 2017, EPA received a total of 37 small refinery "hardship waiver" petitions, 29 of which were approved, seven are still pending and one declared ineligible or withdrawn. The 29 approved petitions have exempted roughly 1.46 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) keeping more than 13.6 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting the RFS blending targets.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: US EPA, NAFB, 31 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  Hardship Waiver,  RFS,  US DOE,  

EPA Waivers Costly for Ethanol Ind., says Study (Ind Report)
EPA "Hardship Waivers"
Date: 2019-01-02
According to a recently released University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) study, the US EPA's small refinery "hardship" waivers of their obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) could cost the ethanol industry nearly $20 billion annually.

The study concludes that the small refinery waivers could account for as many as 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand lost over the next six years, along with the hit to revenue. Conventional biofuel such as corn ethanol stands to fall in use, along with consumption of ethanol in flex fuels and mid-level blends, and wholesale ethanol prices could slip as much as 19 cents per gallon on average. The study also notes that U.S. ethanol consumption stands to drop 761 million gpy on average between 2018 and 2023 with a resulting decline in gross ethanol sales revenues, with an average of $3.3 billion lost per year. (Source: University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, Transportation Today, 2018) Contact: University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, (573) 884-4688,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  "Hardship Waiver",  Ethanol Biofuel,  

£702Mn DRAX Acquisition Increases Biomass Power Capacity (Int'l)
Date: 2019-01-02
In the UK, Drax Power Station, near Selby, in North Yorkshire, is reporting the completion of its £702 million acquisition of Spanish firm Iberdrola's low-carbon and renewable assets - including hydroelectric and biomass plants in Scotland and combined cycle gas turbine stations in England .

The new power station acquisitions will increase DRAX's electric power generation capacity by 60 pct and add 2.6GW of generation.

DRAX, the UK's largest renewable energy generator, operates biomass units at its site near Selby, following a decade-long conversion of two-thirds of the plant from coal fired to more sustainable biomass. (Source: DRAX, PR, 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

FHL Bank Supports Biddeford Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
FHL Bank
Date: 2019-01-02
In the Bay State, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (FHL Bank) reports has awarded $441,244 in grants, loans, and interest-rate subsidies for energy efficiency upgrades and rehabilitation of Friendship Hill House's Phase II project, a housing complex for people with mental illness, in Biddeford.

FHL Bank of Boston is a cooperatively owned wholesale bank for housing finance in the six New England states. FHL Bank provides reliable wholesale funding and liquidity to its New England member financial institutions. (Source: FHL Bank of Boston, Journal Tribune, 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: FHL Bank of Boston, Edward A. Hjerpe III, , Pres., CEO, (617)292-9600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Orsted's UK Standalone Battery Storage System Online (Int'l)
Date: 2019-01-02
Danish energy major Orsted, fka DONG Energy, reports its first standalone 20 Mw battery energy storage system in Liverpool, UK, is now online. The facilitiy's three-battery units and power conversion system will help balance the UK's electric power grid by ensuring consumption matches the amount of power generated at any given moment. (Source: Orsted, Energy Live, Jan., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Matthew Wright, UK Managing Director, +45 99 55 97 22,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Battery,  Energy STorage,  

Energy Storage Americas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 5-6 March, 2019 (Events & Conferences Report)
Energy Storage
Date: 2019-01-02
Solar Media's Energy Storage Summit Americas has been scheduled for March 5-6 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The energy storage market and development brings as many challenges as it does advancements, with a myriad of technologies, capacities, functions, and lifespans. With most projects still in development and technologies with sparse track records, knowledge in this fledgling industry is invaluable. Investors, utilities, consumers, and all renewable energy participants have to not only understand the market, but be able comfortable enough to make the right investment in energy storage to not be left behind the curve.

Download Energy Storage Americas event details HERE. (Source: Solar Media, Jan., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar,  

Alfa Laval Takes Stake in Energy Storage Innovator Malta (M&A)
Alfa Laval,Malta Inc
Date: 2018-12-21
Lund, Sweden-headquartered Alfa Laval reports it has taken a minority equity stake in the newly created renewable energy storage technology specialist Malta Inc.

Malta's electro-thermal system can store energy from any source in any location, making existing capital investments in both fossil and renewable forms of generation more productive while dramatically improving power grid stability and resilience.

Malta's investors includes Alfa Laval, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, and Concord New Energy Group. (Source: Alfa Laval, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Alfa Laval, Malta Inc.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alfa Laval,  Energy Storage,  

100 pct Renewables Included in DC Energy Bill (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-12-21
Renewable Energy Date: 2018-12-21 This week in Washington, D.C. became the only jurisdiction in the country that has enacted a concrete, mandatory, detailed, comprehensive law to reduce emissions at a pace compatible with keeping global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Among its other stipulations, the bill requires the city to source 100 pct of its energy from renewables by 2032,, It also puts a price on carbon emissions and and mandates the DC Public Service Commission to prioritize addressing climate change.

This climate victory in the nation's capital is the result of a 3-year effort by grassroots organizers, engaged constituents, a coalition of 100 faith leaders, businesses, low income advocates, climate groups, and neighborhood associations. (Source: Citizens' Climate Lobby, Red, Green & Blue, 15 Dec., 2018)

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Data Centers Not Prioritizing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-12-21
According to green tech producer Supermicro's just released Data Centers and the Environmentreport the majority of data center, IT managers lack a sense of urgency with regards energy efficiency and their operation' environmental footprints.

The report notes that although 58 pct of the IT managers interviewed in the study are increasingly adopting or developing policies to address environmental issues almost half have yet to adopt an environmental policy and nearly a quarter have no intention of developing a p[policy in the future.

The study respondents cited high costs, lack of resources and understanding as key factors preventing them from implementing environmental policies. Surprisingly, 50 pct of those asked did not know their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) -- the ratio of total energy used by a data center facility to the energy delivered to the IT equipment -- is becoming one of the most popular metrics to calculate efficient energy usage. For those that are measuring PUE, 22 pct have an average PUE of 2.0 or higher, and 6 pct are in the average range between 1.0 and 1.19.

Download the Supermicro Data Centers & The Environment report HERE. (Source: Supermicro, The Stack, Dec., 2018) Contact: Supermicro,

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NYC's Largest Community Solar Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-12-21
The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the largest community solar project in New York City is now operational.

The 1.3 MW array in Brooklyn will generate sufficient energy for approximately 200 households and businesses. The solar array, which was developed by Daroga Solar, is fully subscribed with 196 total customers -- 70 pct residential, 20 pct small commercial customers and 10 pct low- to moderate-income customers. The project received more than $850,000 from NYSERDA through the state's NY-Sun program. The array incorporates 3,325 panels on the rooftops of two Brooklyn locations. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

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Energy Efficiency Included in DC Clean Energy Legislation (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-12-21
Renewable Energy Date: 2018-12-21 This week in Washington, D.C. became the only jurisdiction in the country that has enacted a concrete, mandatory, detailed, comprehensive law to reduce emissions at a pace compatible with keeping global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Among its other stipulations, the bill requires existing buildings to meet certain energy efficiency standards, puts a price on carbon emissions, requires the city to source 100 pct of its energy from renewables by 2032, , and mandates the DC Public Service Commission to prioritize addressing climate change.

This climate victory in the nation's capital is the result of a 3-year effort by grassroots organizers, engaged constituents, a coalition of 100 faith leaders, businesses, low income advocates, climate groups, and neighborhood associations. (Source: Citizens' Climate Lobby, Red, Green & Blue, 15 Dec., 2018) Contact: Citizen's Climate Lobby, Max Broad, Washington DC Chapter,,

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Energy Efficiency Project Launched in Kauai, Hawaii (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-12-21
In a deal that includes the implementation of integrated energy efficiency and smart home initiative in 23 buildings on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Koae Workforce Housing has inked a PPA with Internet of Energy solutions firm EnSync Energy Systems based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Under the terms of the agreement, EnSync is providing its smart home energy systems which include a 516KW rooftop solar, 603KWh of energy storage and smart home energy communications, command and control platform that helps manage the impact of vacancy rates, time of day absences and unit level micro-loading effects in multi-unit properties or communities, facilitating energy efficiency across the network. (Source: EnSync Energy, Smart Energy Int'l, 21 Dec., 2018) Contact: EnSync Energy, Brad Hansen, CEO, (262)253.9800, (808) 478-2163 - Honolulu Office,

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Ringneck's Onida Ethanol Plant Mar. Startup Expected (Ind. Report)
Ringneck Energy
Date: 2018-12-21
Further to our October 13th, 2017 coverage, Ringneck Energy reports its building contractor, Fagen Inc., is near to completing its $150 million, corn ethanol plant near Onida, about 33 miles northeast of the South Dakota capitol city of Pierre. A stsrtup date of 1 March, 2019 is expected.

When fully operational, the plant is expected to use about 29 million bpy of corn to produce 80 million gpy of ethanol, as well as 240,000 tpy of distillers grain(DDGs). (Source: Ringneck Energy, Capital Journal, 19 Dec., 2018)Contact: Ringneck Energy LLC, Walt Wendland, Pres., CEO, (605) 258-2900,,; Fagen Inc., (320) 564-3324,

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PKN ORLEN Refocusing, Investing in Biofuels (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-12-21
In Polnad, PKN ORLEN reports it is preparing preparing a new renewable energy directive (RED II) focused on second-generation biofuels made from algae, straw and other waste materials and, to that end, will increase its biofuel related R&D activities, construct biofuel production facilities and other support infrastructure.

According to a statement, PKN ORLEN will use its existing refinery units in Płock and Litvínov to take the co-hydrotreatment process to an industrial scale. The process consists of co-feeding vegetable oils or used fats with petroleum distillates into refinery units. The output diesel oil contains a bio-component -- hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

The decision to take the co-hydrotreatment process to an industrial scale was prompted by the successful completion of a test run carried out in September 2018 under the CO-BIO project, partly financed with a grant under the Inno-Chem programme. (Source: PKN ORLEN, Petrol Plaza, Dec., 2018) Contact: PKN ORLEN, Armen Artwich, Member of the Management Board,

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Energy Efficiency Included in DC Clean Energy Legislation (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-12-21
Renewable Energy Date: 2018-12-21 This week in Washington, D.C. became the only jurisdiction in the country that has enacted a concrete, mandatory, detailed, comprehensive law to reduce emissions at a pace compatible with keeping global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Among its other stipulations, the bill requires existing buildings to meet certain energy efficiency standards, puts a price on carbon emissions, requires the city to source 100 pct of its energy from renewables by 2032, , and mandates the DC Public Service Commission to prioritize addressing climate change.

This climate victory in the nation's capital is the result of a 3-year effort by grassroots organizers, engaged constituents, a coalition of 100 faith leaders, businesses, low income advocates, climate groups, and neighborhood associations. (Source: Citizens' Climate Lobby, Red, Green & Blue, 15 Dec., 2018)

JA Solar Supplies Brazilian Bifacial Mono PERC Project (Int'l)
JA Solar,SolarGrid
Date: 2018-12-21
JA Solar reports it will supply all bifacial mono PERC double glass modules for Vancouver-headquartered SolarGrid Energia's 3MW PV project in Minas Gerais, Brazil -- Brazil's first bifacial double glass solar project.

When fully operational, the SolarGrid project is expected to generate 7.1 million KWh of electricity per year and cut CO2 emissions by 5,284 tpy. JA bifacial mono PERC double-glass modules can generate electricity 9.5 pct higher when compared to mono PERC single-sided modules, according to JA Solar. (Source: JA Solar, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: SolarGrid Energy, (888)743 4621, (416) 352 7521 -fax,,; JA Solar Holdings,

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SIMEC Atlantis Quits Nova Scotian Tidal Energy JV (Ind. Report)
SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Date: 2018-12-21
UK-based tidal energy developer SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd reports it has formally exited its Canadian tidal power JV and has redeployed two turbines at the MeyGen project in Scotland. SIMEC Atlantis sold its 50 pct interest in Atlantis Operations (Canada) Limited (AOCL) for $400,000 (Cdn) ($297,000 US) to its Irish JV partner at the FORCE facility in Nova Scotia, namely DP Energy which will rename AOCL Rio Fundo Operations Canada Ltd. (Source: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, PR, Renewables, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, +44 131 659 9690,

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New Jersey BPU Sinks 25-MW Offshore Wind Demo (Ind. Report)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2018-12-21
Reporting from Trenton, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has rejected the application for the up to 25-MW Nautilus pilot offshore wind project in state waters on the grounds that it was too expensive, the project's benefits were "unsubstantiated" and didn't meet conditions for economic and environmental benefits under the state's Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA).

The project, which is being developed by Nautilus Offshore Wind LLC, a partnership between EDF Renewables North America and Atlantic City-based Fishermen's Energy LLC, planned the installation of three MHI Vestas V164-8.3 MW wind turbines about 2.8 miles off the coastline of Atlantic City. The project was planned to come online in 2020. (Source: New Jersey BPU, 18 Dec, 2018) Contact: NJ BPU,; Nautilus Offshore Wind,

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Ecocem Low-Carbon Cement Touts CO2 Emissions Savings (Int'l)
Date: 2018-12-21
Reporting from Dublin, Europe's largest independent low-carbon cements producer Ecocem has announced that its efforts over 16 years to encourage replacing high-carbon cement with low-carbon cement has resulted in a saving of 10Mt of carbon emissions.

The company's ground-granulated blastfurnace slag (GGBS) cement's carbon footprint is about 95 pct lower than traditional cement at 32kg/t, and can be used as a one-to-one replacement in formulating concrete, according to a press release.

Ecocem operates four plants across Europe with a total capacity of 2.4Mta. (Source: Ecocem, PR, Cement News, 20 Dec., 2018) Contact: Ecocem, +353 1 678 1800, +353 1 678 1816,,

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Allianz Acquiring Portugal's Largest Solar Project (M&A, Int'l)
Allianz Capital Partners
Date: 2018-12-21
Allianz Capital Partners on behalf of Allianz insurance companies (Allianz) has signed the acquisition of the 218.8-megawatt (MW) Solara project about 150 mile south-east of Lisbon, Portugal.

At 218.8 MW capacity, Solara can generate sufficient electric power for about 100,000 average Portuguese households per year. Project construction is underway for a planned Summer 2019 commissioning.

Allianz hold 9 solar parks and 83 wind farm located in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden and the United States. (Source: Allianz, Energy Ind. Review, 20 Dec., 2018) Contact: Allianz Capital Partners, Peter Torstensson Snr. VP, + 46 46 36 72 31, (212) 938-0630 - NYC Office,

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Important Notice -- 2018 Christmas Holiday Publishing Schedule
Pub. schedule
Date: 2018-12-21
In celebration of the 2018 Christmas Season, LC Energy Reports will not be publishing on Monday, 24 December through Tuesday, 1 January, 2019. We will resume our regular publishing schedule on Wednesday, 2 January, 2019.

We wish you our Compliments of the Season and a safe, prosperous New Year !

ACEEE, Bloomberg Am. Cities Climate Challenge Partner (Ind. Report)
ACEEE,Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge
Date: 2018-12-21
In a blog post, Michael R. Bloomberg announced Charlotte as the nineteenth winning city of Bloomberg's American Cities Climate Challenge.

The $70 million program, which was launched in June, will help 20 winning cities accelerate their ambitious climate efforts by providing significant resources, including technical assistance and staff capacity, to help them reduce carbon emissions by saving energy and using clean energy sources. The selected cities will target energy savings in the buildings and transportation sectors, the sectors most responsible for energy use and carbon emissions.

ACEEE will partner with the Climate Challenge by expanding the program's independent City Clean Energy Scorecard (fka City Energy Efficiency Scorecard) for assessing local energy efficiency policies and programs. The 2019 City Scorecard will expand from scoring 51 of the largest US cities to 75, with the goal of assessing 100 in future editions. The Climate Challenge cities will serve as models for building public-private and community-based energy efficiency strategies, which can save money, create jobs, clean the air, and protect health.(Source: ACEEE, Blog Post, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,; Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge,

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UK Suspended from EU ETS Pending BREXIT Resolution (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-12-21
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports that as of January 1, 2019, it has temporarily suspended EU ETS emissions trading system processes related to Britain's convoluted and contentious BREXIT is concluded. Accordingly, the UK Britain will be unable to auction carbon permits, allocate them for free to operators, or exchange international credits for as long as the suspension remains in place, the EC added in a statement.

From January, any carbon permits issued by Britain will have to be identified by a country code ("marked") but transfers of permits already in circulation in and out of accounts held by UK operators will not be affected by the suspension. If BREXIT is ratified the suspension will be lifted, the EC added. (Source: European Commission, Reuters, 20 Dec., 2018)

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ExxonMobil Awarded RFS "Hardship Waiver" (Ind. Report)
Exxon Mobil,Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-12-21
Reuters is reporting the oil juggernaut ExxonMobil, with more than $19 billion in net income for 2017, has been granted a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) "financial hardship waiver" from the EPA for its 60,000 bpd Billings Refinery in Montana.

ExxonMobil's poor cousin Chevron, with a net 2017 income of only $9.2 billion, also scored a "hardship waiver" for its refinery in Utah on the grounds that without the waiver its refineries would be "at disadvantage in this competitive market."

Under the RFS, oil refiners must increasingly blend ethanol and other biofuels into their fuel each year or purchase blending credits from those that do. The 2005 regulation was intended to help farmers and to cut fuel imports. But small oil refineries can be exempted from the standard if they prove compliance would cause disproportionate hardship. The EPA granted 29 waivers for the 2017 compliance year, up from 14 in 2015 and 20 in 2016. (Source: ExxonMobil, OilPrice, Reuters, 20 Dec., 2018)

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Pacific Ethanol Furloughs Workers, Idles Neb. Plant (Ind. Report)
Pacific Ethanol
Date: 2018-12-21
According to Reuters, Pacific Ethanol Inc has idled 45 million gallons of production capacity and laid off 26 of 60 workers at an ethanol plant in Aurora, Nebraska, due to "poor economics in biofuel production." Another part of the plant, with capacity to make 110 million gpy continues to operate. With this and other closings, the company has reportedly mothballed approximately 20 pct of its total U.S. ethanol production capacity.

Street Insider notes that U.S. ethanol producers have been suffering from declining biofuel prices, higher corn feedstock and natural gas prices and the uncertainty of ethanol exports to China,resulting from Trump's self imposed trade war with Beijing. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, StreetInsider, Reuters, 19 Dec., 2018)Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, Furlough,

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Senators Coons, Flake Table Bipartisan Carbon Tax, Climate Change Legislation (Reg & Leg)
Climate Chang
Date: 2018-12-21
Yesterday in Washington, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) tables the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act that places an increasing price -- carbon tax -- on carbon and other GHG emissions. The legislation is designed to drive down pollution, reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 33 pct within a decade, create employment, encourage market-driven innovation in clean energy technologies, and to pay a monthly dividend directly to every American family.

Download Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act key points HERE. (Source: Office of Sen. Christopher Coons, KTAR News, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: Senator Christopher Coons,

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