The Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award recognizes outstanding work in support of the dramatic transformation taking place in today's electric power markets.
(Source: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc., PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc., Kevin Martin, 800-832-2943 Ext. 704, email@example.com, www.sbt-allaince.com; New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org
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The new solar rules were approved by the legislature and former California Governor Jerry Brown in 2018, making California the first state to mandate solar. The California Energy Commission (CEC) estimates the new mandates will add about $9,500 to the price of an average house while saving roughly $19,000 in reduced energy bills over 30 years.
(Source: California Energy Commission, CalMatters, 23 Feb., 2020) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The Aemetis Central Dairy Digester and Pipeline Project is designed to capture methane gas currently emitted from dairy manure lagoons, pre-treat the biogas at each dairy to remove harmful components, then transport the methane via pipeline from each dairy to a biogas upgrading facility at the Aemetis Keyes ethanol plant. After the biogas is upgraded to utility pipeline quality RNG, the RNG will be utilized at the Keyes ethanol plant to replace carbon-intensive petroleum natural gas currently used to generate steam and power at the plant, or will be injected into PG&E's gas pipeline to be utilized as transportation fuel.
Aemetis expects to complete construction and begin operation of its first two dairy digesters, the onsite dairy biogas pre-treatment units, a 4-mile Aemetis pipeline and a new biogas boiler at the Keyes plant in Q2 2020.
Aemetis has received approximately $18 million in CEC grants to support its Aemetis Central Dairy Digester and Pipeline Project, and for carbon reduction energy efficiency upgrades to the Keyes Plant.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, 29 Jan., 2020) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com
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The upgrades will include installation of a 1.56-MW photovoltaic micro grid solar array with integrated battery energy storage and an AI-driven power distribution control system, which is expected to significantly reduce the natural gas consumption improve operational efficiency. (Source: Aemetis, PR, NewsWire, 28 Jan., 2020)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, email@example.com, www.aemetis.com
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Group 2 will be open to Applied Research applications of green electrolytic hydrogen as a stationary energy storage system that is comparable in performance to other stationary energy storage systems (such as advanced batteries, flywheels, thermal storage, and compressed air systems). The hydrogen systems must demonstrate an electricity-in and electricity-out solution in customer side of the meter applications (not just generate electrolytic hydrogen). Additional services (such as heat, oxygen, compressed air or other non-electricity products) can be proposed as long as they have value to the customer and the primary input and output is electricity and the overall system is projected to be cost effective when it reaches the scale necessary for future commercialization.
Download the solicitation HERE.
(Source: California Energy Commission, Jan., 2019) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The new solar rules were approved by the legislature and former California Governor Jerry Brown in 2018, making California the first state to mandate solar.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) estimates the new mandates will add about $9,500 to the price of an average house while saving roughly $19,000 in reduced energy bills over 30 years.
(Source: CEC, CBS SF Bay, 16 Dec., 2019)
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The CEC also approved the 2019 California Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which addresses building energy efficiency, efficiency in the industrial and agricultural sectors, barriers to energy efficiency for low-income and disadvantaged communities, and using efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in buildings. The 2019 standards take effect 1 January 2020.
Statewide standards focus on smart residential photovoltaic systems, updated and cost effective insulation standards, residential and nonresidential ventilation requirements, and nonresidential lighting updates to take advantage of the rapid improvement in LED lighting technology.
(Source: California Energy Commission, Green Car Congress, 12 Dec. 2019) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The California Public Utilities Commission reported that during 2017 storm outages, "Almost one million customers could not make 9-1-1 calls, more than 790,000 customers experienced loss of communication service, and more than 52,000 businesses experienced service interruptions." Even more recent wildfire-related power outages highlight California's immediate need to accelerate the adoption of energy storage platforms for critical infrastructure.
Grid-independent solutions like those offered by Caban can help both state and telecommunication operators provide reliable communications at all times. Caban System's Burlingame manufacturing line will produce a purpose-built, modular battery storage system that will provide reliable, redundant power sources for critical infrastructure systems across California.
(Source: Caban Systems, PR, CISION, Yahoo, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Caban Systems, Alexandra Rasch, Founder & CEO , Jacqueline Castillo, (305) 989-2861, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cabansystems.com
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Sierra Energy's FastOx technology, developed by Sierra Energy and supported by grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, uses oxygen and steam to heat waste to 4,000 degrees F at which it breaks down into an energy-dense syngas allowing the recovery of inorganic material as either a non-leaching stone or molten metal, according to the company. Sierra Energy's modular FastOx technology can be scaled to large size, does not produce process emissions and all outputs are saleable, according to the company.
(Source: Sierra Energy Corp. , 31 July, 2019) Contact: Sierra Energy Corp., Mike Hart, CEO, (530) 759-9827www.sierraenergy.com
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Ordinances slated for review include two options for builders of new construction to reduce natural gas consumption within their developments. By either building an all-electric structure at the minimum efficiency required by the state's energy code or designing a mixed-fuel building using natural gas and electricity at a higher efficiency level, developers can meet the proposed reach code for electrification, according to a staff report.
For single-family and duplex projects, builders can either construct all-electric buildings or design a mixed-fuel building 15 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which officials estimate could save builders $5,300 in construction costs as compared to a mixed-fuel home. An all-electric design for homes is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 50 pct in most cases as compared to a mixed-fuel design, according to the report.
The proposed ordinance for office buildings would require builders to design an all-electric building or a mixed-fuel development 10 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which could involve using windows less prone to heat, natural sunlight and occupancy sensors. An all-electric office building designed to meet the 2019 state code is estimated to cost $57,300 less to construct compared to a comparable mixed-fuel building, according to the city council's report.
If adopted by the San Mateo city council and the California Energy Commission, the new codes will come into force Jan. 1, 2020. (Source: City of San Mateo, Daily Journal, July, 2019)
Contact: City of San Mateo, Andrea Chow, Sustainability Analyst, www.cityofsanmateo.org/477/Building
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The data collected will provide insight into best practices for manufacturers and installers and to educate consumers on how upgrades can reduce utility bills.
In the commercial sector there is opportunity for three businesses to receive upgraded lighting; 10 businesses to receive new insulation; and two food service businesses to receive induction cooktops. SCP also has a loan program for residents to try out induction cooktops which the company believes are more energy efficient than standard appliances.
For residential customers the company will accept 10 homes to receive cooling and ventilation; 10 homes for air sealing; and 10 homes for grid-integrated water heaters.
(Source: Sonoma Clean Power, Index Tribune, 8 July, 2019)Contact: Sonoma Clean Power, (855) 202-2139, www.SonomaCleanPower.org
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Oberon plans to upgrade its existing DME pilot facility to demonstration scale to facilitate the first production of this renewable fuel. The company will test modified diesel trucks fueled with rDME, assess the feasibility of converting renewable methanol into rDME and developing associated fueling infrastructure, alongside commercial partners.
(Source: Oberon Fuels, Bioenergy Insight, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Oberon Fuels,
Rebecca Boudreaux, Pres., (619) 255-9361,
Fax - (619)756-6470,
California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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Students will receive workplace "on the job" training for jobs focusing on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles.
The program will be additional to the college's existing automotive technology program. (Source: Miramar College, City News Service, 14 June, 2019) Contact: Miramar College, www.sdmiramar.edu
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Under the agreement, QBI will purchase Quantum's newest ten Virtual Pipeline trailers for use in the biogas facility funded by the California Energy Commission.
The project is being developed by QBI and Fiscalini Cheese Company, and will result in the construction of a biofuels production facility to purify and compress biomethane from anaerobic digesters into transportation fuel.
When fully operational, the he project is expected to produce 450 diesel gallon equivalent of CNG per day, According the Quantum,
(Source; Quantum Fuel Systems, BioiEnergy Insights, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Quantum Fuel Systems,
Mark Arnold, Pres., 805-308-6067, www.qtww.com; Quantitative BioSciences Inc., Natalie Cookson, CEO, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/quantitative-biosciences-inc
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The plant, which is slated to launch in mid-2020, will produce the equivalent of 13 MW of clean energy per year. The net CO2 emissions reduction will be approximately 220,000 metric tpy -- equivalent to removing 47,500 cars off the road. The project is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, U.S. DOE, CalRecycle, the state of California and significant private investment.
Anaergia's proprietary technology separates organics from mixed solid waste of any contamination level to recover energy and make fertilizer. The process involves anaerobic digestion (AD). (Source: Anaergia, Waste 360, Mar., 2019) Contact: Anaergia
Andrew Benedek, CEO, (905) 766-3333 email@example.com, www.anaergia.com,
City of Rialto, Tom Crowley, Utilities Mgr., (909) 820-2608, www.yourrialto.com
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The Riverbank biorefinery project recently won a $12 million California state tax waiver and a $5 million California Energy Commission Notice of Proposed Award. Preliminary engineering for the project has been completed and construction is expected to get underway in mid-2019.
(Source: Aemetis, PR, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com
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The Rialto projectis being developed in collaboration with Waste Management, Republic Services, Southern California Edison, Anaheim Public Utility, Southwest Gas Utility, City of Rialto, the Sanitation Bureau of the City of Los Angeles, and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, and of Orange County. The project is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, U.S. DOE, CalRecycle, State of California and significant private investment.
(Source: Anaergia Inc., PR, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Anaergia Inc., Andrew Benedek, CEO, (905) 766-3333 -- Burlington Ontario,
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The codes also incentivize "demand responsive technologies" including battery storage and heat pump water heaters. Combined with a host of other energy efficiency upgrades, the revised building codes are expected to slash energy use in new homes by more than 50 pct.
(Source: Calif. Energy Commission, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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Itron's IntelliSOURCE Enterprise Distributed Energy Resource Management System
allows both consumer and utilities to communicate with and control solar panels, thermostats, load control switches, water heaters and others DERs.
(Source: Itron, PR, Smart Energy, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Itron, Steve Hambric, VP Distributed Energy, www.itron.com;
Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, (760)931-2641, www.aesc-inc.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The facility would service
and promote the expansion of zero-emission fuel cell electric Class 8 drayage trucks used at the port facility.
The station will source its hydrogen "from 100 percent renewable biogas," the Commission release notes. (Source: California Energy Commission, Nov., 2018)Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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Solar is presently included on just 15 to 20 pct of new single-family homes but is, with this legislation, expected to jump to more than 20,000 newly built solar homes in 2020, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
The proposed solar energy standards are subject to California Building Standards Commission approval, which is anticipated in 2019 for implementation in 2020.
(Source: California Energy Commission, Times-Standard, 9 May, 2018)Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The proposed new rules would deviate slightly from another much-heralded objective -- Requiring all new homes be "net-zero" meaning they would produce enough solar power to offset all electricity and natural gas consumed over the course of a year. Among the highlights:
The mandate dates back to 2007 when the California Energy Commission adopted the goal of making homebuilding so efficient the "newly constructed buildings can be net zero energy by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings."
(Source: California Energy Commission, Orange County Register, 4 May, 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission
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The CEC also awarded Newport Beach-based First Element Fuel almost $8 million in Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) grants to construct hydrogen fueling stations in Redwood City, Studio City, Beverly Hills, and Mission Hills. (Source: California Energy Commission, Green Car Congress, Others, 18 Jan., 2018)
Contact: First Element Fuel, (949) 205-5553, www.firstelementfuel.com; Crimson Renewable Energy, (661) 617-8600, www.crimsonrenewable.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The community will be planned as a replicable model that optimizes a variety of energy options, including solar, wind and renewable natural gas. It will also consider the capability of storing wind- and solar-generated energy with power-to-gas technology.
SoCalGas is providing $150,000 in co-funding for the Huntington Beach project, which was proposed in response to a California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) solicitation. The EPIC program funds clean energy research and demonstration and deployment projects that support the state' energy policy goals and promote greater electricity reliability, lower costs and increased safety. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, 13 Dec., 2017)SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com; University of California-Irvine, https://uci.edu
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The Bundle-Based Energy Efficiency Technology Solutions for California (BEETS) is a 42 month project that upon completion will improve energy efficiency at the SCAQMD facility by over 20 pct. The project has $4 million in CEC EPIC funding and $2.3 million in matching funding, for a total project budget of $6.3 million, along with several subcontractor donations of time and equipment.
As part of the BEETS project, Willdan developed three bundles of pre-commercial technologies for the following spaces: laboratory and critical environments, office and exterior spaces, and chilled water plants. Technologies will include chillers using a new refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer; LED fixtures with integrated, advanced controls; an advanced building management system; direct current lighting systems; advanced ventilation and laboratory fume hood exhaust systems; wirelessly integrated plug load controls; and a platform capable of demand response. (Source: Willdan PR, 15 Dec., 2017)Contact: Willdan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, Pres., CEO, Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (720) 940-6300, email@example.com, www.willdan.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The CEC also approved a nearly $2 million low-interest loan to the City of Clovis to convert interior and exterior lighting at city buildings to energy efficient LED lights that are expected to save the city more than $125,000 per year in electric utility costs. Funds for the projects came from the Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Act program, which provides low- and no- interest loans and technical support for energy efficiency projects.
Additionally, the CEC approved the adoption of building energy efficiency standards for the City of Davis that require single-family homes to be 30 pct more energy efficient than state standards. It also requires multi-family homes to be 25 pct more energy efficient than the state standards. The city will require a combination of efficiency measures and installation of solar panels.
With these actions, the CEC has approved 14 local ordinances that provide greater energy savings than the current state building energy efficiency standards. (Source: California Energy Commission, PR, 13 Dec., 2017)Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The desalination battery combines the ability to desalinate highly saline waters with the ability to store electrical energy. The battery produces desalinated water during discharge without the need for high pressure or expensive maintenance; reduced pretreatment requirements; and the ability to realize high water recovery ratios and enables high renewables penetration on the grid.
PARC is developing the Membrane-based Electrochemical CO2 Removal System as a retrofit to existing HVAC systems. The PARC system reduces the need for thermal and humidity conditioning of building air by removing CO2 directly without increasing energy consumption.
PARC is also working on a variety of initiatives ranging from energy storage and efficiency to renewable energy, and others.
(Source: PARC, PR, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: PARC, Jessy Rivest, Energy Materials & Systems Hardware Systems Laboratory , (650) 812-4000, www.parc.com; California Clean Energy Fund, (415) 957-0167, www.calcef.org; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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Biodico's Zero Net Energy Farm (ZNEF) is partially funded by the California Energy Commission and is the world's first fully sustainable liquid biofuel facility to help address energy needs and climate goals in California's Central Valley.
Privately held Biodico builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and renewable energy facilities; conducts R&D with the U.S. Navy; and collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to patent and commercialize proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next-generation biofuels. (Source: Biodico, Inc., PR, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: Biodico, Trey Teall, VP Operations, (805) 683-8103, www.biodico.com
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The planned facility, which is expected to begin commercial operations by December 31, 2021,
is estimated to 5,000,000 MWh per year.
(Source: Solar Wind Energy Tower, PR, 5 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Solar Wind Energy Tower, Inc.
www.solarwindenergytower.com; Arizona Green Power, www.arizonagreenpower.com
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One of those districts is the Napa Valley Unified School District, which includes Napa, American Canyon and Yountville. Since 2012, PG&E and the Napa County Energy Watch teamed up on several energy efficiency projects projects at schools throughout the district including the installation of: LED lighting, fan motors for walk-in coolers, water heaters and boilers, power saving software, wireless thermostats on portable buildings, variable speed drives on pool pumps, and others that have saved more than 95,000 kWh and nearly 800 therms of gas.
California schools spend $700 million on energy annually, according to the California Energy Commission. (Source: PG&E, Currents, 26 Sept., 2017) Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com/schools; Napa Valley Unified School District, Brian Bacinett, Energy and Environmental Compliance Specialist, (707) 253-3715, www.nvusd.k12.ca.us
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The Shasta County biomass facility would be one of the state's first to turn dead trees from the state's recent drought periods into combustible gas. (Source: California Energy Commission, AP, KRCR, 13 Sept., 2017)
Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov; Fall River Resource Conservation District (530) 336-6591, www.fallriverrcd.org
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Previously this year, the school received $2.5 million in California Energy Commission grant funding which will enable it to precisely monitor, control and adjust energy use in key buildings and lead to an expected 20 pct saving in energy consumption. The three-year project will enhance existing energy management systems for 10 buildings on campus and will provide for additional occupancy sensors and automated controls as well as optimization of air circulation, lights and thermostats.
Since 2010,the College has implemented programs that include real-time metering for electricity, gas and water on all major buildings and education and social marketing programs to help address climate change and promote sustainable behavior. (Source: Pomona College, Inland Empire, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pomona College, (909) 621-8000, www.pomona.edu
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The city plans to produce 250,000 gpy of compressed natural gas from 3,410 tpy of food waste from city schools, restaurants, residential garbage which contains 45.7 pct food waste, and other commercial sources.
The wastewater treatment plant also generates 107,000 cubic feet of biogas per day and burns natural gas in boilers to heat digesters needed to break down sewage.
The fuel will be used to power the city’s fleet of nearly two dozen solid waste collection trucks.
(Source: City of Manteca, Manteca Bulletin,, 23 June, 2017) Contact: City of Manteca, Mark Houghton, Public Works Dir., (209) 456-8400, www.ci.manteca.ca.us
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The 3-MW project will be developed in collaboration with ICF INC., the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), Direct Contact, Univ. of California Davis, Babcock Power Environmental, Gaelectric and DE Solutions. The facility's power production will be sold to Pacific Gas and Electric for use in conjoined businesses.
(Source: California Energy Commission, Daily Eagle, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Camptonville Community Partnership, Refine Miller, Bioenergy Project Manager, (530) 288-9355, CPP@cville.K12.ca.us
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Calgren is also building a $9 million, 5 million gpy biodiesel plant at their site using some $3.5 million in grant monies from the California Energy Commission, The new biodiesel fuel will be sold into the Fresno market.
(Source: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Visala Times-Delta, Others, 21 April, 2017) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.calgren.com
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The 5 million gpy biodiesel facility will be engineered and built by Jatrodiesel Inc.,
The facility will utilize high-FFA feedstock, including distillers corn oil produced on-site from Calgren's ethanol process, along with brown grease, acid oils and other low-cost feedstocks.
The grant is being awarded to Calgren Renewable Fuels through its special-purpose entity, SJV Biodiesel LLC. Startup is expected before the year end.
(Source: Calgren Renewable Fuels, PR, April, 2017) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Lyle Schlyer, Pres.,
(559) 757-3850, email@example.com, www.calgren.com; Jatrodiesel Inc., (937) 847-8050, www.jatrodiesel.com
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