The Roadmap outlines DOE's national goal of tripling the energy efficiency and demand flexibility of the buildings sector by 2030 and defines technology attributes, integration considerations, and barriers to achieving the full potential, adoption and deployment of grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs). The report makes 14 recommendations to overcome those barriers in "action steps" that all key industry stakeholders can take to expand the prevalence of grid-interactivity in buildings.
GEBs can remake buildings into a clean and flexible energy resource. By combining smart technologies and distributed energy resources with energy efficient buildings, GEBs can provide comfort and convenience for building occupants, sell services to the power grid, and cut costs and pollution. All buildings, including federal buildings, can benefit from implementing GEB technologies. In fact, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recently published a complementary blueprint for practical guidance and tools to integrate GEB technologies into federal energy savings performance contracts and has committed to 100 pct renewable energy for all federal buildings by 2025.
A grid-interactive efficient building can offer services that cut costs, eliminate waste, and improve grid operations. For example:
These actions -- involving the General Services Administration (GSA), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- focus on key levers available within the administration's existing authority now, without waiting for the anticipated infrastructure package, the release notes. (Source: The White House, PR, 17 May, 2021)
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The pathways studied consume renewable (low-carbon) electricity and use chemical feedstocks derived from electrochemical pathways powered by renewable energy. Across these CO2 recycling pathways, the authors evaluated current globally representative production costs, sensitivities to cost drivers, carbon abatement potential, critical infrastructure and feedstock needs, and the effect of subsidies. Based on this analysis, the paper concludes with targeted policy recommendations to support CO2 recycling innovation and deployment. Key findings of the analysis include :
Based on these findings, the authors recommend the following policy actions:
Download the report
HERE. (Source: Columbia University/ SIPA, Center for Global Energy Policy, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Columbia University, www.energypolicy.columbia.edu
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The law would have mandated restrictive warning labels on E15 fuel dispensers that would cause unnecessary confusion at the pump, deprive Hoosiers access to significant fuel savings, and destroy future demand for Indiana corn, according to the POET release. (Source: POET, PR, 27 Apr., 2021)
More Low-Carbon Energy News POET, Ethanol, Corn Ethanol, E15, Ethanol Blend,
This FOA focuses on the advancement of net-negative carbon emitting technologies that aim to produce hydrogen or other high-value fuels, whether as the sole product or as a co-product. Developing co-gasification technologies is a way to introduce net-negative carbon technologies that can help alleviate concerns about potential feedstock availability and other operational issues. The four projects selected are described below:
The Office of Fossil Energy funds research and development projects to advance fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of the Nation's fossil resources. (Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, PR, 15 Mar., 2021) Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov
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The University of Birmingham Centre works closely with UK industry in engine architecture and advanced engine technologies, helping to design the engines and fuels for the future. ARAI is India's premier automotive research and development institute set up by the automotive industry with the government of India.
As part of the cooperation, the partners will work to develop and deliver hi-tech and environment-friendly vehicle systems, alternative fuels, and create a blueprint to tackle the challenge of particulate emissions in India. The partners also plan to support the development of transportation-related education programmes that will help produce future transportation researchers and industry leaders.
(Source: ARAI, University of Birmingham, Autocar Pro News Desk , 8 Mar., 2021) Contact: University of Birmingham, Prof. Tim Jones, +44 (0)121 414 5936,
www.birmingham.ac.uk; ARAI, N. B. Dhande, Business Development and Corporate Planning, www.araiindia.com
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The blueprint represents a bipartisan consensus of the Coalition's more than 80 energy, industrial and technology companies, labor unions, and conservation, environmental, and clean energy organizations. It highlights an extensive suite of near-term recommendations for policymakers to maximize the impact of the 45Q tax credit, facilitate the build-out of CO2 transport and storage capacity, and increase federal investment in carbon management technologies, among others.
Download the Carbon Capture Coalition Federal Policy Blueprint 2021
HERE. (Source: Carbon Capture Coalition, 24Feb., 2021) Contact: Carbon Capture Coalition, Ben Finzel, 202-277-6286,
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Under the agreement, Sunnova will become Lennar's exclusive residential solar and storage service provider. The strategic partnership will also focus on the development and rollout of innovative energy technologies, such as home storage and community microgrids. (Source: Sunnova, PR, 17 Feb., 2021)
Contact: Sunnova, Alina Eprimian, email@example.com, www.sunnova.com
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According to a Schlumberger statement, a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) feasibility study will focus on a pair of LafargeHolcim cement plants in Europe and North America. Schlumberger also noted its LafargeHolcim collaboration marks a step toward developing a blueprint for large-scale CCS deployment. (Source: Schlumberger New Energy, Rigzone, 10 Feb., 2021)Contact: LafargeHolcim Ltd, Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Stephanie Sulcer, Communications, 847 716 0368, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lafargeholcim.com;
Schlumberger New Energy, Ashok Belani, Exec. VP, www.slb.com
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Under the program, new Sunnova customers may be eligible to go solar for as low as 0 pct APR and $0 down with the purchase of a new Sunnova SunSafe® solar + battery storage system, or .99 pct APR and $0 down for the purchase of solar-only service, including a 25-year Sunnova Protect™ limited warranty .
(Source: Sunnova, PR, 2 Feb., 2021) Contact: Sunnova, Alina Eprimian, email@example.com, www.sunnova.com
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Joining LGRI is in keeping with National Grid's effort to advance the potential of clean hydrogen, hydrogen R&D and hydrogen fuel blending as part of its Net-Zero by 2050 Plan.
(Source: National Grid, PR, EPRI Website, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: EPRI Low-Carbon Resources Initiative, 650-855-2121, www.epri.com/lcri; Gas Technology Institute, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 - fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gti.energy; National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres., www.nationalgridus.com
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EPRI is collaborating with nine industry organizations to lead these studies, three of which are major U.S. power generators providing potential host sites for the design assessments.
Not-for-profit EPRI conducts research and development relating to power generation, delivery and use of electricity. EPRI's members represent more than 90 pct of the electricity generated and delivered in the U.S. and international participation extends to 40 countries. (Source: Electric Power Research Institute, PR, 28 Dec., 2020)
Contact: EPRI, Neva Espinoza, VP Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources, Tim Leljedal,
(980) 229-5964, email@example.com, www.epri.com
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A key part of the Clean Energy Blueprint, which aligns with changing consumer preferences for more renewable energy, includes adding up to 400 MW of solar by 2023. When the 400 MW of solar is combined with the nearly 1,300 MW of owned-and-operated wind and the power generated by the company's existing solar farms in Dubuque, Marshalltown and Cedar Rapids, as well as other renewable sources, nearly 50 pct of Alliant Energy's Iowa generation portfolio will be from renewables.
As we previously reported, Alliant Energy's 9,500 solar panel equipped Marshalltown Solar Garden and battery energy storage pilot facility at its Marshalltown Generating Station is now online. The 2.55-MW AC solar system generates sufficient power for nearly 400 homes and the system's 548kWh battery can be fully charged within two hours.
Alliant has three solar + battery sites in Iowa, each of which is being used to pilot different combinations of solar power and energy storage technology. Alliant constructed its first solar system at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has two solar gardens in Dubuque which have been generating clean energy since 2017. (Source: Alliant Energy, PR, Nov. 2020)
Contact: Alliant Energy Iowa, Terry Kouba, President , www.alliantenergy.com
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LCRI is an international electris and gas sectors collaborative aimed at advancing global, economy-wide deep decarbonization. With 18 anchor sponsors and $10 million in seed funding, the LCRI leverages the collaborative research model employed by both EPRI and GTI, bringing industry stakeholders together to conduct clean energy R&D.
The LCRI collaborative aims to: identify and accelerate fundamental development of promising technologies; demonstrate and assess the performance of key technologies and processes; and inform key stakeholders and the public about technology options and potential pathways to a low-carbon future. (Source: EPRI, Green Car Congress, Aug., 2020) Contact: GTI, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 - fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gti.energy: EPRI, 800-313-3774, www.epri.org
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Georgia's first-of-a-kind Smart Neighborhood, located in Atlanta, includes 46 technology-enhanced townhomes equipped with battery backed rooftop solar arrays, optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, home automation, including smart thermostats, smart locks and voice control.
The Smart Neighborhood is a real-world research and development (R&D) project, including a supporting partnership with the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center. The company collaborated with U.S. DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on the initiatives. The information and data collected from the distributed energy resources will provide researchers valuable operational experience as the company continues to evaluate microgrids along with residential battery storage and rooftop solar. Information from the HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies will help inform new programs and services for customers.
Georgia Power also offers a full suite of smart-home options, which includes easy access to products and services to help make customers' homes more energy efficient and connected. The company brings together popular products in the Smart Neighborhood, including the latest in smart thermostats and smart home products such as smart filters, lighting, door locks, light switches, vents, smoke alarms and doorbells, to a single online portal.
Download Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood Initiative HERE.
(Source: Georgia Power, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: SEPA, www.sepapower.org; Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com
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Using electrolysis, renewable energy, water and CO2 captured from air are converted into syngas. Renewable fuels, such as jet fuel, are then produced through further processing and refining. The end products can then be used directly in existing infrastructures, the consortium said. The upscaled, industrial sized plant will serve as blueprint for a nationwide roll-out of the project, it added.
The consortium members include: Sunfire GmbH; carbon dioxide capture technology firm Climeworks AG; engineering company Paul Wurth SA and green investment company Valinor. (Source: Norsk e-Fuel, Reuters, 9 June, 2020) Contact: Norsk e-Fuel, email@example.com,
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The report calls for the government to set a clear signal for the trajectory of storage over the next decade and to develop a plan for long-duration storage, including revenue mechanisms that would fund such projects beyond the R&D phase. (Source: Electricity Storage Network, rebiz, 2 June, 2020) Contact: Electricity Storage Network (ESN), +44 0 1392 494 399 , firstname.lastname@example.org,
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The stakeholders will combine their expertise and technology to capture waste carbon dioxide (CCU) and combine this with hydrogen, made from renewable electricity and water, to produce renewable methanol (eMethanol.
Six individual 45,000 tpy facilities are planned across Scandinavia by 2030 with the first project in Sweden expected to be in production by 2023.
The consortium aims to standardize the eMethanol facility and blueprint a 'digital twin for efficient replication than can be scaled and licensed internationally. The project is supported by a €1.7 million investment from EIT InnoEnergy. (Source: Liquid Wind, Manifold Times, 31 Mar., 2020)
Contact: Liquid Wind, Claes Fredriksson, Founder & CEO, email@example.com,www.liquidwind.se; Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd., Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3755 1600, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carboncleansolutions.com; Haldor Topsoe, Morten Schaldemose, , EVP, www.topsoe.com
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One of the cornerstones of the Energy Action Plan is leveraging data to optimize energy usage to achieve energy efficiency at scale on campus. Ten new buildings are added to the university's energy management platform during each phase. Proposed projects under Phase 5 (2019-20) of the Energy Action Plan include:
buildings into the university's energy management platform
In addition to offering the potential to make major contributions to a low-carbon sustainable energy transition, energy efficiency improvements can reduce energy costs to consumers, avoid the adverse environmental and social impacts of new energy supplies, improve productivity, strengthen energy security and enhance the resilience of energy systems to the impacts of climate change.
Despite their benefits, energy efficiency initiatives have struggled to achieve their full technological and economic potential to reduce to energy demand. These failures have been due to a range of market, institutional, financial, policy, regulatory, behavioural and informational barriers.
In recent years, new challenges have emerged beyond these traditional and well-understood obstacles. Changes in policy direction, often flowing from changes in governments, have resulted in significant retrenchments, and in some cases wholesale dismantlings, of energy efficiency strategies in North America. The Government of Ontario's decision to terminate its "Conservation First" strategy in March 2019 was among the most dramatic of these developments, but far from unique.
This study seeks to understand the dynamics behind these developments and to identify potential strategies and design principles to inform the development of more effective and resilient governance structures for energy efficiency in Canada. Specifically, the study examines a series of cases in which commitment and consensus around energy efficiency faltered, threatening the stability and, at times, the existence, of energy efficiency programming in a variety of Canadian (BC, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) and the U.S. (Maine, Connecticut and Indiana) jurisdictions.
Download the York University Unpacking the Climate Potential of Energy Efficiency study
HERE. (Source: York University, Sustainable Energy Initiative, Feb., 2020)
Contact: York University, sei.info.yorku.ca, www.yoku.ca
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The program will provide up to $100,000 funding to both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations proposing energy efficiency programs that directly benefit Delmarva Power customers whose households earn 60 percent, or below, of the Delaware State median income.
Program details will be made available in early 2020. (Source: Delmarva Power, Cape Gazette, Dec., 2019) Contact: Energize Delaware, Tony DePrima, Exec. Dir., 302-883-3048, www.energizedelaware.org; Delmarva Power, www.delmarva.com
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Eni S.p.A. is an Italian multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Rome with operations in 79 countries, and is currently world's 11th largest industrial company with a market capitalization of €68 billion euros, as of August 14, 2013, according to Wikipedia. (Source: Eni, Biofuels Int'l, Dec., 2019) Contact: SNDP,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entreprise_Tunisienne_d%27Activites_Petroliere; Eni, www.eni.com/en_IT/home.page
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The report rejects the idea that environmental issues can be fixed by individuals, claiming the causes of the environmental threats we face are structural, which means the solutions must be too. Researchers estimate the ambitious plans will take 25 years from start to finish to implement at an estimated cost of £170 billion over that period.
(Source: Common Weal, The Independent, 9 Nov., 2019) Contact: Common Weal, Robin McAlpine, Dir., www.commonweal.scot
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The Keeling Curve Prize recognizes ideas in the areas of Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), Energy Access, Transportation, Finance, and Social & Cultural Impacts, that either effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon uptake, according to a June 28 Keeling Curve Prize press release.
The Opus 12 team was one of the Carbon Capture & Utilization winners, and the NEX/CalCEF team was one of the Finance winners. The Opus 12 award-winning device takes CO2 and water and produces high-value chemicals and fuels that are conventionally made with petroleum. The technology diminishes emissions and produces the "critical products that are the building blocks of modern civilization." The process can generate 16 different products, including ethylene, a precursor for most plastics, methane and syngas, according to the Opus 12 website.
The NEX/CalCEF team developed a "qualified clean energy opportunity zoning fund" which supports energy entrepreneurs, according to the Keeling Curve Prize website.
The NEX/CalCEF team developed a "qualified clean energy opportunity zoning fund" which supports energy entrepreneurs, according to the Keeling Curve Prize website.
(Source: Keeling Curve Prize, PR, Daily Californian, 11 July, 2019)
Contact: New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund, email@example.com,www.newenergynexus.com; Keeling Curve Prize, Jacquelyn Francis, Dir., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kcurveprize.org; Opus 12, www.opus-12.com
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The plan calls for reducing energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector, accelerating deployment of renewable energy, maximizing energy efficiency and conservation, reducing energy use through decarbonization, modernizing the electric grid and utility infrastructure, as well as expanding clean energy job training opportunities and programs.
Download the NJ PUC Draft 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan HERE. (Source: NJ PUC, NJ 101.5, June, 2019)
Contact: NJ PUC, (800) 624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us
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(Source: Office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 14 May, 2019)
Contact: Office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2019-05-14/secretary-generals-remarks-the-pacific-islands-forum-delivered
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Dow and Petronas Chemicals Glycols will also quantify and obtain third-party verification of the climate benefits following the methodology of the Dow Climate Solutions Framework.
The Dow-Petronas project agreement is among the first of many similar joint efforts that will result from the Collaborative Blueprint initiated in 2017 to encourage organizations outside the Olympic movement to collaborate on projects that lead to verified climate benefits while catalyzing change across value chains. (Source: Dow, Chemical Engineering, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Dow, www.dow.com/en-us/sports/sustainability;
Petronas Chemicals Group , www.petronaschemicals.com.my
According to DOE, the projects will develop technology solutions to environmental siting and operational challenges to reduce project permitting time and costs, increase the certainty of project development outcomes and provide more deployment options at reduced costs. Three projects by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), American Wind Wildlife Institute of Washington and Stantec Consulting Services of Topsham will receive $2.3 million to further the advancement of smart curtailment strategies to minimize energy loss from curtailment and wind farm environmental impacts to bats. $1.4 million will be awarded to National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of Golden, General Electric Renewable Energy of Greenville and the Iowa State University of Ame for projects dedicated to advancing the commercial readiness of bat deterrent technologies to minimize the need for curtailment.
The remaining $2.5 million will be allocated to SMRU Consulting of Friday Harbor, Oregon State University of Corvallis and Western EcoSystems Technology of Cheyenne to develop and validate pre- and post-construction monitoring and mitigation solutions for the offshore wind environment to ease regulatory barriers to deployment.
(Source: US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, offshoreWIND .biz, 14 Mar., 2019)
Contact: US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, Phone: (202) 586-5348, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office
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As part of the plan, thermal images were taken of more than 6,500 single-family homes in Springfield to detect heat leakage. Home owners were then notified of the imaging's findings and advised where their homes were wasting energy and money.
With the scanning results in hand, omeowners can apply for an energy audit and then consider energy conservation incentives available from utility companies.
(Source: City of Springfield, MassLive, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ener-G-Save, www.ener-g-save.com, www.springfield-ma.gov
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Representing the first major industrial venture to convert residues from food processing, the Irish plant will scale-up a unique fermentation processes of WP/DLP-to-lactic acid by reducing the fermentation time to a 12-hour process, optimize the upstream processes of DLP and WP and optimize the downstream steps for simplified novel LA purification to industrial scale. AgriChemWhey will also develop a blueprint of an economic sustainability concept so that other EU regions can replicate the plan.
The project will establish a new value chain for industrial symbiosis with other local actors and create several added value products for the global market. (Source: AgriChemWhey, Canadian Biomass, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: AgriChemWhey, email@example.com, www.agrichemwhey.com
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New RNG production facilities using the commercial technologies outlined in the analysis could reduce criteria pollutants by approximately 99 pct compared to existing operational biomass power plants and produce a very low carbon fuel in the base case and below zero in the case including carbon sequestration technologies, according to the study.
The engineering design illustrated in the report was performed by GTI, Black & Veatch, Andritz, and Haldor Topsoe. The engineering design study was funded by California Air Resources Board (CARB), PG&E, SoCalGas, Northwest Natural and SMUD.
Download Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes report
HERE. (Source: GTI, Feb., Green Car Congress, 15 Feb., 2019) Contact: GTI, Vann Bush, VP Technology Technology Development and Commercialization, (847)768-0500, www.gastechnology.org
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According to Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and project leader Dr. Joshua Yuan, "The conversion of lignocellulosic biomass has been around for many years, but many of the waste products can not be commercialized due to the configuration of these biorefineries. What we are trying to accomplish is developing a streamlined process where the biomass waste at these refineries can be fractionated to produce lipids for biodiesel, asphalt binder modifier and quality carbon fiber. All of these bioproducts can add great value to the economy and enhance their market value."
Yuan noted that lignocellulose bioconversion refineries burn off 60 pct of the lignin produced. Utilizing this lignin offers incentives such as improving the efficiencies of a biorefinery, reducing costs and lowering emissions.
The work will include developing an integrated biorefinery program or "a blueprint for future biorefinery development," Yuan added. (Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Research, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact:
Dr. Joshua Yuan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Dr. Joshua Yuan, Dir. Synthetic and Systems Biology Hub, people.tamu.edu/~syuan, www.tamu.edu; US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy
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The Florida Future Fund would provide low-interest or interest-free loans and loan guarantees to projects, including investments in parks, the urban tree canopy, clean energy, and smart grids. It would also support energy efficiency upgrades, expand local and regional transportation access, upgrade public transportation systems, and more. Successful implementation of such a fund in Florida could provide a blueprint to other states searching for ways to build resilience to climate change.
Download the Florida Future Fund Report HERE. (Source: Center for American Progress, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Center for American Progress, Tom Caiazza, (202)-481-7141, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.americanprogress.org;
CLEO Institute, (305) 284-0908, www.cleoinstitute.org
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