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University of Michigan Alage Biofuel R&D Funded (R&D, Funding)
University of Michigan
Date: 2018-10-15
Researchers from the University of Michigan are reporting receipt of $2 million in funding from the US DOE to create renewable diesel from algae. The grant will support the development of a method of collecting algae and turning algae into a low carbon, clean diesel fuel.

When the desired type of algae is identified, the researchers will study how best to convert the algae into a highly efficient diesel. (Source: University of Michigan, Siver Telegram, Informator News, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan, University of Michigan, Biology Prof. Bradley Cardinale, (734) 764-9689,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Michigan,  Biodiesel Algae,  

Energy Efficiency Included in San Antonio Action Plan (Ind. Report)
San Antonio, Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-10-15
In the Lone Star State, the city of San Antonio Office of Sustainability is seeking feedback on its proposed strategies to cut greenhouse gas emissions through its newly developed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The plan is expected to be approved and set into action this coming spring.

The plan has identified buildings and transportation as the largest factors to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Forty-seven pct of the sprawling city's carbon emissions come from building energy consumption and 38 pct of emissions are tied to transportation, according to the plan. Strategies for cutting emissions from buildings include implementing building codes to create structures that require less energy, offering rebate programs for energy efficiency retrofitting spaces and for the use of more efficient appliances. Strategies to lower transportation emissions include increasing the charging fees for EV charging infrastructure, reducing single occupant vehicle use, encouraging public transit and others. (Source: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, San Antonio Express News, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, Douglas Melnick, (210) 207-6103, (210) 207-6934 fax, ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

Rwanda Imks Greenhouse Gases Reduction Agreement (Ind. Report)
Greenhouse Gas Management Institute ,Carbon Institute
Date: 2018-10-15
Rwanda and the Washington, DC-headquartered Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and Carbon Institute have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch an international 7-year partnership for carbon accounting in Rwanda, according to a statement from the Rwanda Ministry of Environment.

The agreement will enhance the implementation of Rwanda's Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy and enable the country to participate in international emissions reduction mechanisms including the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), and the mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). It will also allow Rwanda to become a regional training center for carbon accounting in the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) regions. The signatories will also collaborate to develop an Advanced Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Certificate programme at the University of Rwanda. (Source: Rwanda Ministry of Environment, Rwanda New Times, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, (202)350-9047,,; Rwanda Ministry of Environment,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas Management Institute,  Carbon Institute ,  

San Antonio Fine-Tuning Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability
Date: 2018-10-15
In the Lone Stare State, the city of San Antonio Office of Sustainability is seeking feedback on its proposed strategies to cut greenhouse gas emissions through its newly developed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The plan is expected to be approved and set into action this coming spring.

The plan has identified buildings and transportation as the largest factors to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Forty-seven pct of the sprawling city's carbon emissions come from building energy consumption and 38 pct of emissions are tied to transportation, according to the plan. Strategies for cutting emissions from buildings include implementing building codes to create structures that require less energy, offering rebate programs for energy efficiency retrofitting spaces and for the use of more efficient appliances. Strategies to lower transportation emissions include increasing the charging fees for EV charging infrastructure, reducing single occupant vehicle use, encouraging public transit and others. (Source: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, San Antonio Express News, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, Douglas Melnick, (210) 207-6103, (210) 207-6934 fax, ,

Risen Energy Snares 100-MW Western Australia Solar Project (M&A)
Risen Energy, Stellata Energy
Date: 2018-10-15
Chinese solar technology specialist Risen Energy Co. Ltd. is reporting the $160 million acquisition of the 100MW (AC) Merredin solar project in Western Australia from Perth-headquartered Stellata Energy.

Construction on the region's largest solar farm is slated to get underway before the year end. When fully operational in 2019 the 405,000 panel solar farm will generate sufficient power for approximately 42,000 homes and will have an estimated life span of 30 years. (Source: Risen Energy Co. Ltd., TechMag, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Risen Energy,; Stellata Energy, +61 8 6165 8860,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Australia Solar ,  

Vietnamese Ethanol Plant Soon to be Back in Action (Int'l.)
Date: 2018-10-15
In Hanoi, the Central Biofuel Joint Stock Company (BSR-BF), which operates the Dung Quat Biofuel plant, is reporting the plant in central Quang Ngai province resumed operations on October 14, following a three year hiatus for inefficiency.

Production is scheduled to resume at about 65 pct capacity until October 28, then stop for several days so that necessary technical checks and maintenance can be performed before full-time commercial operation begins.

During the first two weeks, the plant is expected to produce around 2,000 tonnes of Ethanol, increasing to 7,000 cu.m for the two remaining months of this year and 35,000 cu.m in 2019. (Source: Central Biofuel Joint Stock Company, VNA, October 15, 2018 ) Contact: Central Biofuel Joint Stock Company,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Viet Nam Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

Calif. Open Space District Adopting Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-10-15
Following on the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCCC) climate change report the San Francisco Bay area Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has approved its own climate change policy and action plan. The plan sets ambitious emission reduction goals for the organization and providing a roadmap to achieve them.

Midpen, which stewards more than 63,000 acres of public open space, including redwood forests which store large amounts of carbon, is targeting a reduction in emissions of 20 pct below its 2016 baseline by 2022, 40 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. To that end, Midpen will reduce emissions from vehicles, equipment, employee commutes, business travel, offices and tenant residences, using renewable diesel fuel, installing electric vehicle chargers,and others. The plan also identifies strategies for reducing or offsetting emissions from livestock grazing in Midpen's open space preserves, enhancing carbon sequestration, reducing preserve visitor transportation emissions and increasing staff and visitor awareness of climate change.

This goal is in line with the Golden State's climate change policy and the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is a public agency committed to acquiring and preserving open space and agricultural land of regional significance, protect and restore the natural environment and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education. (Source: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Siliconner, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Ana Maria Ruiz, Dir., (650) 691-1200, (650) 691-0485 (fax),,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

SISW Commissions Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-15
Siemens is reporting the commissioning of two SGE-56HM gas engines for a 1,000 tpd landfill methane gas-to-energy project at Southern Idaho Solid Waste's (SISW) Milner Butte Landfill in Burley, Idaho.

SISW deployed two Siemens SGE-56HM gas generator sets to run on the waste gas from the landfill and generate electrical power. The Siemens SGE-HM series is purpose-built for landfill gas-to-energy power applications. (Source: Siemens, Water Technology, 15 Oct., 2018)Contact: Southern Idaho Solid Waste, (208) 432-9082,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Idaho Solid Waste,  Siemens ,  Gas-to-Energy,  Landfill Waste,  Biogas,  

Montreal's Technopole Angus Scores LEED v4 Platinum (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-15
Reporting from Montreal, the Societe de developpement Angus has announced that the development plan for Montreal’s Technopole Angus 37,000-square-metre neighbourhood mixed-use project has obtained LEED v4 Platinum certification for sustainable neighbourhood design.

The project will include: 360 residential units, 80 pct of which will be social and affordable housing; 45,000 square metres of office space; 3,000 square metres of commercial space; an elementary school and two new public daycare centres; 550 underground parking spaces; and public spaces such as a pedestrian street, urban maple forest, public squares and greenbelts. Sustainability features include an energy loop targeted to be 40 pct more efficient than the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 and a collection system that reuses 95 pct of rainwater. (Source: Societe de developpement Angus , Daily Commercial News, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Societe de developpement Angus

More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED ,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  

£8.7Mn for Cumbria R&D, Efficiency Projects (Int'l, Funding)
European Regional Development Fund
Date: 2018-10-15
In the UK, three rounds of funding totaling £8.7 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) have opened to help Cumbrian businesses advance R&D, carbon reduction and resource and energy efficiency projects.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is helping to manage the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) programme up to 2020, which includes ERDF as well as the European Social Fund (ESF) and European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Up to £4 million of ERDF funding is available for projects supporting growth in R&D across the county. A further £3.4 million has been earmarked for business support packages designed to make local SMEs more energy efficient, provide innovative, low carbon solutions and introduce new sources of energy generation and storage. The remaining £1.3 million will be applied to projects which can increase resource efficiency and promote bio-diversity by maximizing the county's natural capital. (Source: ERDF, Cumbria Crack, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: ERDF Funding,; European Regional Development Fund,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ,  

Climeworks Opens Italian Carbon Capture Plant (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-10-12

Neste, Air BP Seal Green Jet Fuel Cooperation Deal (Int'l)
Neste,Air BP
Date: 2018-10-12
Biofuels specialist Neste and aviation fuel supplier Air BP report they are partnering to scale up the fledgling supply chain for sustainable jet fuels made from waste-based feedstocks and will work together to introduce a co-branded sustainable aviation fuel to market at airports through Air BP's global network.

Neste's MY Renewable Jet Fuel has been used in thousands of commercial flights. Similarly, Air BP has supplied its BP Biojet product at 10 airports across the Nordic countries since 2014.

The aviation industry is facing mounting pressure to curb emissions ahead of the introduction of the UN-backed CORSIA offsetting scheme, which is set to impose a carbon price on a growing number of airlines with a view to ensuring the sector delivers on its goals of securing 'carbon neutral growth' from 2020 and cutting net aviation emissions in half by 2050. (Source: Neste, BusinessGreen, Others, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128,; BP Air,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Air BP,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  

Wisconsin Wind Farm Scuttled for Inefficiency (Ind. Report)
Wisconsin Public Service
Date: 2018-10-12
The Wisconsin Public Service reports it is shutting down its 1999 vintage, 14-turbine wind farm in the Kewaunee County Town of Lincoln. The 24.283 million kWh per year facility is expected to be completely demolished by the end of the year.

According to Wisconsin Public Service, the nearly 20 year old facility was no longer efficient. (Source: Wisconsin Public Service, Green Bay Press-Gazette, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wisconsin Public Service, Matt Cullen, Communications, (608) 266-5481,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Public Service,  Wind,  

298-MW Wind Farm Planned for North Dakota (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2018-10-12
In North Dakota, the Dickinson Press, referencing documents filed with the North Dakota Public Service Commission, is reporting a direct subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-headquartered NextEra Energy Resources is planning to construct a 123-turbine, 298.1-MW wind farm about 41 miles southeast of Bismarck. The project is presently seeking a siting permit from the PSC.

North Dakota hosts nearly 3,000 MW of installed wind capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association. (Source: North Dakota Public Service Commission, Forum News, Dickinson Press, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources,; North Dakota Public Service Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  Wind,  

GE Touts New Wind Turbine Inspection Tech (New Prod & Tech)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-10-12
GE Renewable Energy is reporting details of its high-speed wind turbine blade inspection system that uses thermal imaging technology and wide band acoustic spectral analysis to detect wind blade fatigue cracks, defective repairs, faults and other problems.

The new ground-based system works on GE and non-GE turbines and requires about 15 minutes per blade to provide real time data analytics. To date, more than 1,500 turbines had been inspected with the technology. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CNBC, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Anne McEntee, CEO Digital Services,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Wind Blade,  

Brazil Contracts 255Mn Gal. in 63th Biodiesel Auction (Int'l)
Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency
Date: 2018-10-12
In Brasilia, the Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) is reporting that 254.9 million gallons of biodiesel totaling $729 million were contracted in the 63th biodiesel auction.

Brazil's biodiesel auctions are intended to meet the country's the 10 pct minimum blend of biodiesel in diesel sold at the pump. (Source: Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency, Renewables, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Petroleum,  Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency,  Biodiesel,  

Duke Announces $500Mn Carolinas Energy Storage Plan (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-10-12
Charlotte, N.C.-headquartered utility Duke Energy Corp reports in it Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) it will invest $500 million in battery storage projects across North and South Carolina over the next 15 years. Presently, North Carolina has approximately 15 MW in operation while South Carolina has significantly.

The utility also reports it has filed for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a 2-MW solar project, including a 4-MW battery, in Hot Springs, Madison County. (Source: Duke Energy, Renewables, 10 Oct., 2018)Contact: Duke Energy, Chris Fallon, VP Renewables,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Energy Storage,  

STEM, Saint-Gobain Partner on Energy Storage Services (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-12
Saint-Gobain , one of the world's largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, and Millbrae, California-based artificial intelligence (AI) powered energy storage specialist STEM Inc. is announcing the commencement of Saint-Gobain's first investments in intelligent energy storage services in the U.S., starting at its Garden Grove, California manufacturing facility.

AI-powered energy storage will form a growing strategy within Saint-Gobai's corporate energy and sustainability strategies in the U.S. At the Garden Grove location, Saint-Gobain will use Stem's 500 KW AI-powered energy storage system to anticipate the facility's energy demand and avoid a "demand charge" that typically accounts for half of the facility's monthly energy bill.

According to Stem, it has the largest project finance pool among its peers, now over $650 million, enabling Stem's 900+ energy storage systems under management across six U.S. states, Japan, and Canada.

Athena™, Stem's cutting-edge AI, is the first of its kind for customer-sited energy storage, performing real-time energy optimization that reduces onsite peak demand and enabling customers to participate via Stem's networks to access additional services and value streams. (Source: Stem, PR, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: STEM, John Carrington, CEO, (415) 937-7836,,; Saint-Gobain North America, Dina Silver Pokedoff, APR, (610) 341-7031,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saint-Gobain,  STEM,  Energy Storage,  

NY Investing $40Mn in Solar Energy Storage Tech (Ind. Report)
Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Date: 2018-10-12
In Albany, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reports the Empire State will invest $40 million to support solar power storage projects statewide.

New York State has set a goal to generate half of its power from renewable energy sources by 2030. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, AP, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Andrew Cuomo,  ,  

Pika Energy Unveils Res. Energy Storage Solution (New Prod & Tech)
Pika Energy
Date: 2018-10-12
Portland, Maine-headquartered Pika Energy is touting two new residential energy storage products that allow Pika's Smart Batteries to be integrated into existing solar PV systems.

The company's new energy storage products can store up to 17.1 kWh of energy and supply up to 10 kW of power. Pika is also rolling out two new configurations of its Harbor Smart Battery at 8.6 kWh and 14.3 kWh capacities. Pika's smart batteries are available across North America. (Source: Pika Energy, PR, CleanTechnica, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: Pika Energy, Ben Polito, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pika Energy,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  

Denmark's Greener Future Green Proposals Touted (Int'l Report)
Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate
Date: 2018-10-12
In Copenhagen, the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate is touting the country's Together for a Greener Future project and its aim of securing a net-zero impact on the climate by 2050.

The Together for a Greener Future project proposes 38 initiatives, including having a climate- and environmentally-efficient agricultural sector and a "behavioural campaign" with climate labeling on a wide range of products including food. To that end, the project proposes manufacturers and supermarkets label products that rate their impact on the environment and climate. In other areas, the project calls for phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars; having zero carbon emissions and zero air pollution from buses in cities; clean air in big cities through stricter environmental zones; lower emissions from industry and housing; and research efforts to develop carbon capture and storage technologies for use in Denmark's fields and forests, all by the year 2030. (Source: Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Just Food, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister, +45 33922800,

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

$2Bn Methanol Plant Planned for Grande Prairie, Alberta (Ind. Report)
Nauticol Energy
Date: 2018-10-12
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based Nauticol Energy Ltd. reports it plans to construct a $2 billion methanol manufacturing facility near the city of Grande Prairie. The Western Cree Tribal Council will be an equity partner in the project that will convert natural gas into up to 3 million metric tpy of methanol.

While some of the methanol produced will supply local markets, most will be directed to Asian markets, which make up approximately 70 pct of current global demand, according to a company statement.

Nauticol is in the process of obtaining the required regulatory permits and has begun shareholder and public consultations to advance the project which is planned to be completed and commissioned in 2021. (Source: Nauticol, AllChem Research, jwn, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: Nauticol, Mark Tonner, CEO, (587) 393-7710,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nauticol Energy,  Methanol,  

Exxon Supports Americans for Carbon Dividends Effort (Funding)
Exxon Mobil ,Americans for Carbon Dividends
Date: 2018-10-12
Hard on the heels of the recently released IPCCC report calling for "unprecedented action to combat climate change", Houston-headquartered oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. has announced it is adding $1 million to Americans for Carbon Dividends, a political campaign that would effectively create a carbon tax tied to Exxon's core products.

Exxon notes its $1 million commitment is in keeping with its longstanding support for an imposed carbon tax rather than an array of environmental regulations that already drive up the cost of fossil fuels.

Exxon's support marks the first such initiative by a major oil company. (Source: Exxon Mobil, Bloomberg, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning,; Americans for Carbon Dividends,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Americans for Carbon Dividends,  Exxon Mobil ,  Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  

Valero Renewable Fuels Snares Green Plains Ethanol Plants (M&A)
Valero Renewable Fuels, Green Plains, Ethanol
Date: 2018-10-12
In Omaha, Green Plains Inc. reports it will sell its ethanol production facilities in Lakota, Iowa, Bluffton, Ind., and Riga, Michigan to San Antonio-headquartered Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC for $300 million in cash, plus $28 million of working capital also paid in cash.

The sale involves 280 million gallons of nameplate capacity -- roughly 20 pct of Green Plains' reported ethanol production capacity -- and is slated for closure prior to the year end. (Source: Green Plains Inc. , StreetInsider, Others, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464,; Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero Renewable Fuels,  Green Plains,  Ethanol,  

Washington Should Eliminate Costly Boondoggles Like the RFS, says Americans for Prosperity (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Americans for Prosperity
Date: 2018-10-12
In response to President Trump's announcement that his administration will be promoting the use of ethanol by allowing year-round sales of E15, Americans for Prosperity Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner issued the following statement:

"President Trump has revitalized our economy in part by rolling back counterproductive, job-killing federal mandates and regulations, but this move would undo some of that success by preserving the harmful renewable fuel standard (RFS) at the expense of taxpayers and consumers. Rather than trying to make this market-distorting boondoggle viable with yet another rule written by bureaucrats in Washington, DC, he (Trump) should consign the costly and misguided RFS to the dustbin as well. The best way to make a mandate easier to meet is to eliminate it."

Americans for Prosperity, founded in 2004, is a U.S. libertarian/conservative political advocacy group funded by David H. Koch and Charles Koch. As the Koch brothers' primary political advocacy group, it is one of the most influential American conservative organizations. (Source: Americans for Prosperity, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: Americans for Prosparity, Brent Gardner, Gabrielle Braud, Press,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  

UK Wind Turbine Recycling Center Launched (Int'l Report)
Renewable Parts
Date: 2018-10-12
In the UK, industrial equipment supplier Renewable Parts Ltd. reports the opening of a £250,000 wind turbine recycling and repair centre in the town of Lochgilphead, Scotland.

According to the company, wind farms at the end of their typically 25 years lifecycle are usually decommissioned and their equipment scrapped. Renewable Parts intends to salvage, repair and resell the "fully warranteed" parts at up to 40 pct below the cost of new parts.

The company will use its aftermarket spares warehouse in Renfrew near Glasgow to provide the turbine repair and recycle service, while engineering advice will be sourced from the University of Strathclyde and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Source: Renewable Parts, Power Technology, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: Renewable Parts, James Barry, CEO, +44 141 886 1220,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

SolarEdge Acquiring Korean Battery Maker Kokam (Int'l. M&A)
Date: 2018-10-12
Smart energy and inverter company SolarEdge will acquire the South Korean lithium battery manufacturer Kokam. SolarEdge has initially taken a 75 pct share for $88 million with the intention of purchasing the remaining shares in the future.

Kokam produces lithium-ion batteries for a variety of applications including aerospace, electric vehicles and energy storage systems. It claims to have more than 700MWh of deployments in the field. As well as serving as system integrator to some of its battery storage projects and delivering turnkey systems, the company has a range of batteries that include high power nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) lithium batteries. (Source: SolarEdge, Energy Storage, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: SolarEdge, Guy Sella, CEO, (510) 498-3200,,; Kokam, Ike Hong, VP, Business Dev., +82 (0)31 3620 137,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarEdge,  Kokam,  Solar,  Battery,  

Shell CEO Promotes Reforestation to Meet 1.5C Degrees (Int'l)
Shell Oil
Date: 2018-10-12
Speaking at the Oil & Money Conference in London on Tuesday, Shell Oil CEO Ben van Beurden argued that an increased reliance on renewable energy would not be enough to meet the Paris Climate Agreement goal of limiting climate change to 1.5C degrees.

van Beurden noted that reforestation -- the planting of more trees -- was the only solution to meeting the goal of 1.5C. Reforestation is similar to afforestation, which is the process of restoring and recreating areas of woodland on land that was not previously forested.

Removal of woodland areas and forests from the planet has become all too common, due to agricultural activities, logging, mining and forest fires. Forests soak up pollution and dust from the air, maintain the balance of CO2 and oxygen in Earth's atmosphere, build natural habitats and ecosystems and maintain the water cycle which prevents soil erosion.

Reforestation can help mitigate global warming by reducing the amount of CO2 in the air. Trees use sunlight to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. Water also evaporates from leaves and this conversion of water to vapour removes heat from the air.

The Shell CEO added that an Amazon-sized tree planting project is needed to meet global warming targets. (Source: Shell, iNews, 10 Oct., 2018)

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group Raises Additional $198Mn (Funding)
Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
Date: 2018-10-12
In the UK, Reading, Berkshire-based independent power producer specializing in the biomass and waste-to-energy specialist Bioenergy Infrastructure Group reports it has closed a new equity raise from existing shareholders to fund the next stage in its growth and development.

Infracapital, Helios Energy Investments and Aurium Capital Markets have invested an additional £150 million ($198 million) to bring the aggregate funding to over £600 million ($792 million) since 2015. The biomass and waste-to-energy sector supplies around 20 pct of the UK's renewable energy. (Source: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Oct, 2018) Contact: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, +44 o 118 929 8350,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Infrastructure Group,  Bioenergy,  Biomass,  Waste-to-Energy,  

€8Mn EU Funding Supports Latvian Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Latvia Central Finance and Contracting Agency
Date: 2018-10-12
In Riga, the Latvina Central Finance and Contracting Agency is reporting 32 energy efficiency-related projects have been approved for €8 million in funding support from the EU Cohesion Fund. The approved projects will support support increased energy efficiency of manufacturing enterprises.

Of the total €8 million Cohesion Fund investment, €4 is earmarked to finance replacement of inefficient manufacturing equipment. The balance will be applied to building energy efficiency upgrades, LED lighting systems, and other related initiatives. (Source: Latvia Central Finance and Contracting Agency, BNN, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: Latvia Central Finance and Contracting Agency , +371 22 306 116,; EU Cohesion Fund,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Notable Quotes Duly Noted -- Republican Feedback on IPCC Report
Date: 2018-10-12
"That's the UN. That's the group that was formed to sell this in the first place. They come from that prejudiced perspective." -- Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.). Inhofe is the former chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee and well-known climate change skeptic.

"We ought to be talking about the things that we can do and still maintain a strong economy, because we're not going to be able to address it unless we keep a strong economy." -- Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D)

"It was given to me, and I want to look at who drew it because I can give you reports that are fabulous, and I can give you reports that aren't so good. But I will be looking at it, absolutely." -- Pres. Donald Trump

More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Climate Change,  

RMR Boasts 93 Property Energy Efficiency Awards (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-12
In the Bay State, Newton-headquartered RMR Group Inc. is reporting that 93 properties managed by The RMR Group LLC have been recognized for excellence by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR program, and the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Environmental Protection.

Of the total, 85 properties were awarded US DOE ENERGY STAR certification while 7 properties were designated as BOMA 360 Performance Buildings by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International 360 Performance Program. One property scored USGBC LEED Silver certification and 1 property in Rockville, MD was recognized by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection for its achievements in the 2018 Business Revitalized Recycling Program.

The RMR Group Inc. is a holding company and substantially all of its business is conducted by its majority owned operating subsidiary, The RMR Group LLC. The RMR Group LLC is an alternative asset management company that primarily provides management services to publicly traded REITs and real estate related operating companies nationwide. (Source: RMR Group, Contact: RMR Group Inc. Timothy A. Bonang, Snr. VP, (617) 796-8230; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; ENERGY STAR,,; BOMA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  ENERGY STAR,  BOMA,  Energy Efficiency,  

WPD Confirms 1GW Taiwan Offshore Wind Contracts (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-10-10
Further to our June 11th coverage, Bremen, Germany-headquartered wind power developer WPD Group reports it has secured and has begun work on 990 MW megawatts (MW) of new offshore wind energy contracts in Taiwan.

The projects are slated for completion by 2025. The company reports it has selected Siemens Gamesa for the majority of the contracted installations. Presently, WPD has 384 MW of installed onshore wind capacity but no offshore wind production capacity in Taiwan. (Source: WPD, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 2Oct., 2018)Contact: SGRE Offshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO,; WPD AG, +49-421-168-6610, + 49-421-168-6666 – fax,

More Low-Carbon Energy News wpd,  Wind,  Taiwan Wind,  

IFC Komodo Green Bond Raises $134Mn for Climate Investments (Int'l)
International Finance Corporation
Date: 2018-10-10
International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, reports issuance of its inaugural Indonesian rupiah Komodo Green Bond which raised Rp 2 trillion (US$134 million) to support climate friendly Indonesian projects to combat climate change.

The five-year green bond, which will be listed on both the London Stock Exchange and the Singapore Stock Exchange, will support the local-currency market in Indonesia, funding the first-ever green bond issued in Indonesia by an IFC client, Bank OCBC NISP. The proceeds will finance underlying infrastructure and climate-related projects.

According to the IFC's just released Green Bond Impact Report, IFC issued 32 green bonds totaling $1.8 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30. (Source: Jakarta Post, IFC, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: IFC, Nena Stoiljkovic, VP Asia and the Pacific, (202) 473-1000,

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1.5C Impacts on Global Warming -- IPCC Report Attached (Int'l)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Date: 2018-10-10
Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a new assessment report. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5C compared to 2C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the IPCC said on Monday.

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, South. Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

"With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report testifies to the breadth and policy relevance of the IPCC," said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC. Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the IPCC report in response to an invitation from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015.

The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5C compared to 2C, or more. For instance, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5C compared with 2C. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5C, compared with at least once per decade with 2C. Coral reefs would decline by 70 -- 90 percent with global warming of 1.5C, whereas virtually all (99 percent) would be lost with 2C. Limiting global warming would also give people and ecosystems more room to adapt and remain below relevant risk thresholds.

The report also examines pathways available to limit warming to 1.5C, what it would take to achieve them and what the consequences could be. The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5C would require rapid and far reaching transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of CO2 would need to fall by about 45 pct from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net-zero around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2from the air.

Allowing the global temperature to temporarily exceed or 'overshoot' 1.5C would mean a greater reliance on techniques that remove CO2 from the air to return global temperature to below 1.5C by 2100. The effectiveness of such techniques are unproven at large scale and some may carry significant risks for sustainable development, the report notes.

The report was prepared under the scientific leadership of all three IPCC working groups. Working Group I assesses the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II addresses impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III deals with the mitigation of climate change.

The Paris Agreement adopted by 195 nations at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in December 2015 included the aim of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change by "holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels." As part of the decision to adopt the Paris Agreement, the IPCC was invited to produce, in 2018, the attached Special Report on global warming of 1.5C -- the first in a series of Special Reports to be produced in the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Cycle.

The IPCC is the leading world body for assessing the science related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks, and possible response options.

Download the IPCC Report on Global Warming HERE. (Source: IPCC, PR, 8 October 2018) Contact: IPCC, +41 22 730 8208 / 54 / 84, Fax. +41 22 730 8025 / 13,,

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UK Business Execs Not Setting CO2 Reduction Targets (Int'l)
Date: 2018-10-10
In the UK, a recent YouGov poll notes that 61 pct of C-suite executives and energy managers in the UK have not set GHG emission reduction targets across their businesses, despite the potential for achieving cost savings. The poll also found 73 pct of nearly 850 C-suite executives and energy managers claimed sustainability was "very important" for their organization. The survey also found that among respondents with an annual energy expense of £2 million or more, 45 pct rated the condition of their buildings as "OK or poor".

The survey was commissioned by resources management firm Veolia UK, which said the results highlighted the importance of businesses developing long-term energy efficiency plans, particularly in view of the UK's Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) and Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Phase 2 regulations. Moreover, under government plans, all larger businesses will be required to report their CO2 emissions from next year, the firm explained. (Source: Veolia UK, BusinessGreen, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: Veolia UK, Nick Painter, Energy Efficiency Head,

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IEA Predicts Global Ethanol Production Growth (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-10
In its just released Renewables 2018 market analysis, the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicted that fuel ethanol will account for two-thirds of the worldwide growth in conventional biofuels between 2018 and 2023.

According to the report, biofuels production is expected to grow 15 pct reaching 43.59 billion gallons and account for 90 pct of the renewables used in transport by 2023. Fuel ethanol accounts for two-thirds of biofuel production growth, while biodiesel and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) account for the remainder.

The IEA report focuses on the share of renewables within the global power, heat and transportation sectors, with a particular focus on bioenergy. (Source: EIA, Oct., 2018)Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,,

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Trump Admin. Expected to Change E15 Biofuel Rules (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-10-10
It is being widely reported that U.S. Pres. Donald Trump will order acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to lift the Renewable Fuel Standard summertime ban on the sale of E15 and thus help limit market speculation in biofuel credits.

E15 sales are currently blocked from the beginning of June through the middle of September because the fuel blend does not meet ozone standards spelled out in the Clean Air Act.

It is even more widely speculated that Trump's move is focused on stroking his biofuels and farm belt base before for the November mid-term elections. (Source: CNBC, Various Media, 8 Oct., 2018)

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Notable IPCC Report Quotes Duly Noted
Date: 2018-10-10
"It's like a deafening, piercing smoke alarm going off in the kitchen. We have to put out the fire." -- Erik Solheim, Exec. Dir., UN Environment Programme

"Even if it is technically possible, without aligning the technical, political and social aspects of feasibility, it is not going to happen. To limit warming below 1.5 C, or 2 C for that matter, requires all countries and all sectors to act." -- Glen Peters, Center for International Climate Research in Oslo.

"The report paints a very gloomy picture. Time is of the essence and there must be action behind the political ambitions if we are to succeed in slowing down climatic change to a manageable level." -- Lars Lilleholt, Denmark Climate Minister

"We are at a crossroads. The next 10--15 years will be critical." -- Jens Mattias Clausen, Climate & Climate Advisor, Greenpeace. (Source: CPH Post, 8 Oct., 2018)

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Majority of Boston Buildings Energy Inefficient (Ind. Report)
City of Boston Environment Department
Date: 2018-10-10
In the Bay State, according to the Boston city Energy Star Scores Report 20 pct of the buildings constructed in the city of 680,000 +- residents since 2012 failed to meet energy efficiency standards. The report scores showed the buildings' energy efficiency relative to similar buildings across the country.

About one in five new buildings in Boston have an energy score of 50 or below, which means these buildings rank in the bottom 50th percentile nationwide for energy efficiency.

Boston's Climate Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gases 25 pct by the year 2020. (Source: Boston University Daily Free Press, Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Boston Environment Department, Lauren Zingarelli, Director of Communications and Community Engagement, (617) 635-3850, FAX: (617) 635-3435,

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Quotes Not Worth Noting

Date: 2018-10-10
"The Dems will end ethanol -- you know that -- they're not going to approve ethanol. They will take it away."

"You better get out there and vote for Republicans." -- President Donald Trump, stumping for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in Council Bluffs yesterday. (Source: The Des Moines Register, 9 Oct., 2018)

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Button Up Vermont Campaign Promotes Energy Efficiency, Weatherization (Ind. Report)
Efficiency Vermont
Date: 2018-10-10
The 2018 Button Up Vermont campaign to encourage and assist Vermonters in energy efficiency and weatherization projects was launched last week in Williston. The program aims to make at least 5,000 Vermont homes warmer and less expensive to heat by the end of this year.

Residents in any of 19 participating communities will qualify for free home energy "walk-throughs" by qualified contractors who will then provide a proposed project scope, estimated savings, and estimated cost for completing the energy efficiency and weatherization work recommendations. Contractor will also help participants access incentives that may be available from power producers, utilities and others. Programs, incentives, and resources are available statewide from Button Up Vermont partners.

Vermont has a statewide goal of achieving 25 percent energy savings in at least 80,000 homes by the year 2020. (Source: Buton Up Vermont, PR, VT Digger, Oct., 2018) Contact: Button Up Vermont, www.; Efficiency Vermont, (888) 921-5990,

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Offshore Wind Giant Orsted Snares Deepwater Wind (Int'l, M&A)
Orsted,Deepwater Wind
Date: 2018-10-10
Danish wind energy giant Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting the acquisition of Providence, Rhode Island-headquartered Deepwater Wind from the hedge fund D.E. Shaw Group for a reported $510 million. Deepwater Wind will be renamed Orsted US Offshore Wind, according to a NY Times report.

Deepwater Wind's 30 MW Block Island, Rhode Island pilot project is the only US Atlantic coast offshore wind operation. Deepwater also has a project off the coast of Long Island and a second project off the coast of Rhode Island is in development. (Source: Orsted, ARS Technica, NY Times, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000,; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,

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N.H. Legislators Want Biomass Power Included Under RFS (Ind Report)
New Hampshire
Date: 2018-10-10
New Hampshire federal legislators Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D), Maggie Hassan (D) and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Annie Kuster (D) have asked Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to resolve outstanding issues impeding the agency's ability to process biomass and waste-to-energy fuel pathways submitted under the RFS program. Expanding the RFS program to include power from biomass sources will incentivize renewable biomass power generation while simultaneously reducing pollution and GHG emissions, according to the letter.

The letter, dated October 3, notes that EPA issued its proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule in 2016 in an effort to gather additional information about the potential configurations of this new renewable electricity pathway but to date has failed to finalize the REGS rule or issue an approved renewable fuel pathway for biomass, waste-to-energy and other fuel sources.

The letter calls for Wheeler to immediately address all outstanding RIN registration requests and finalize a regulatory structure for biomass and waste-to-energy fuel pathways under the RFS program.

New Hampshire is currently home to There are currently seven biomass power facilities in New Hampshire that are on the verge of closing due to challenging power markets, the letter notes. (Source: Office of Sen Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen,

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Resalta Completes Slovenia's Largest Energy Efficiency Project (Int'l)

Date: 2018-10-10
Slovenian energy service company Resalta -- fka GGE -- is reporting the completion of energy efficiency upgrades to 48 public buildings in the City of Ljubljana. The company also notes it has inked a second, €4.8 million energy retrofit agreement for an additional 11 city buildings.

According to a Resalta press release, the just completed €14.9 million project will deliver energy savings of 8,245 MWh annually and a reduction of 2,956 tpy of CO2 emissions.

The upgrades included HVAC system improvements, interior lighting conversions to energy efficient LEDs, with more energy-efficient equipment, the adoption of renewable energy sources, the replacement of windows and doors, the renovation of facades, roof insulation and others. of roofs. Resalta will also provide management and maintenance of the equipment and systems installed for the duration of the contract. (Source: Resalta, Balkan Green Energy News, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: Resalta, Luka Komazec,CEO, +386 59 035 200,,

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Indonesia Considers Oil Refinery-to-Palm Biofuel Conversions (Int'l)
Date: 2018-10-10
According to the Indonesian state-owned energy company Pertamina, the Indonesian government is partnering with the Italian energy company ENI to investigate the conversion of two of the country's older crude oil refineries into palm oil-based biofuels production facilities According to the Pertamina website, the 1930s vintage Plaju plant has an oil refining capacity of 133,700 bpd (bpd) and the equally aged Dumai plant has a capacity of 170,000 bpd.

The initiative is intended to reduce Indonesia's dependence on imported energy, cut the country balance of trade and absorb the country's rising crude palm oil output amid sluggish global demand. Indonesia is the leading palm oil producer by far. (Source: Pertamina, Reuters, NTA, 9 Oct., 2018) Contact: Pertamina , Irfan Zainuddin, Pres.,

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Construction Underway on Three Enel Green Spanish Wind Farms (Int'l)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2018-10-10
Italian utility renewable energy specialist Enel Green Power reports construction is underway on three Spanish wind farm projects -- the 46.8MW Muniesa, 41.4MW Farlan, and 39.9MW San Pedro de Alacon sites -- all of which are expected to come online in 2019. The projects in Aragon's Teruel province are part of the overall 540MW awarded to Enel Green Power in the tender last May in which wind projects won 2,979MW of the available capacity.

Enel reports it has invested about €130 million in the three wind farms, but has not identified the turbines that will be used at the sites. (Source: Enel Green Power, Various Media, WP Monthly, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: Enel Green Power, +39 06 83051,,

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SCE Upgrading Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program (Ind. Report)
Southern California Edison
Date: 2018-10-10
In an effort to give customers options for directly tapping into and supporting renewable electricity through their monthly power bills, Southern California Edison (SCE) has submitted five new Green Programs for California PUC approval.

The new Green Energy Programs were proposed on the premise that SCE's existing Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) program was not effectively meeting the needs of all customers based on the requirement that all program costs be absorbed by subscribers and not diluted into the broader SCE customer base.

The current GTSR program allows residential customers to procure green energy to offset 50 pct of their consumption. Under the new green tariff option, customers can opt for a plan that ensures that 100 pct of their power is sourced directly from renewable production, provides more flexibility to the utility and provides offsets for any non-renewable portion of the customer load to be offset with Renewable Energy Credits.

SCE's new green program details are HERE. (Source: California PUC, SCE, Various Media, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: SCE, Jill Anderson, VP Green Program Head,,

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Enel Green Power Investing $160Mn in Mexican Solar Plant (Int'l)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2018-10-10
Italian renewable energy specialist Enel Green Power SpA reports that Magdalena 2, the largest solar power plant in the Americas is slated to start operations by mid-2019 in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala.

The $160 million plant will incorporate 550,000 solar panels and generate 231.8 MW. (Source: Enel Green Power, Mexico News Daily, El Financiero , 8 Oct., 2018)Contact: Enel Green Power,

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CPS Energy, SwRI Partner on TX Solar, Storage Project (Ind. Report)
CPS Energy,Southwest Research Institute
Date: 2018-10-10
In the Lone Star State, San Antonio electric and natural gas utility CPS Energy reports it has broken ground on their first solar energy and battery storage project.

For the project, CPS partnered with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) which will provide nearly 50 acres in San Antonio on which the solar facility and battery storage system will be constructed. SwRI aims to gain valuable insight into the efficiencies of both solar production and battery energy storage which it will share with CPS.

The $16.3 million project, which will be constructed by RES Americas, will consist of a 5 MW solar power facility and a 10 MW battery storage system. (Source: CPS Energy, PR, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: CPS Energy, Paula Gold-Williams, Pres., CEO,; Southwest Research Institute, Klas Brun, (210) 684-5111,

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