ACT News 2017


ACT Expo 2016 Is Now Underway

May 2, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Conference/Meeting, DME, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, LNG, milestones, NGVs, Propane, refuse, Renewable Diesel, Technology, telematics, transit, trucking by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

More Than 3,000 Attendees Are Expected in Long Beach

The 2016 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo is underway at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. More than 3,000 are expected to attend North America’s the largest clean fleet event, co-hosted with the Electric Drive Transportation Association, NGVAmerica, the Propane Education & Research Council, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, and the California Hydrogen Business Council.

REG Buying Sanimax Biodiesel Plant

February 4, 2016 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A ‘Lower-Cost, Lower-Carbon Intensity, Multi-Feedstock’ Biorefinery

The Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group said Wednesday that it’s signed an asset purchase agreement with Sanimax Energy to acquire Sanimax’s 20-million-gallon-nameplate capacity biodiesel refinery in DeForest, Wisc.

REG Biodiesel from Sugars with Exxon

February 2, 2016 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Companies, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cellulosic Feedstocks Could Come from Agricultural Waste

ExxonMobil and Iowa’s Renewable Energy Group said they’ll collaborate on the development of biodiesel made “by fermenting renewable cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste.”

U.S. Biodiesel Use Mark Set in 2015

January 25, 2016 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Biodiesel ‘Is Becoming a Mainstream American Fuel,’ Says NBB
As U.S. EPA Data Indicates a Record of Almost 2.1 Gallons in 2015
And the Association Gets Underway with Annual Meeting in Tampa

The National Biodiesel Board is trumpeting record consumption of early 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in the U.S. in 2015, citing new data from the U.S. EPA. NBB meanwhile is hosting its annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. this week: January 25-28.

The National Biodiesel Board is hosting its annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. this week: January 25-28.

The National Biodiesel Board is hosting its annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. this week: January 25-28. Click image or here for details.

According to the EPA data, fuel companies reported producing 2.09 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, up from about 1.97 billion gallons in 2014.

“We’re seeing it take hold across the country, NBB CEO Joe Jobe said in a release. “Consumers are seeking out cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels and they see biodiesel as a high-performing, cost-competitive alternative to petroleum diesel.”

‘The RFS Is Absolutely Working’

“These numbers also show without question that the Renewable Fuel Standard is delivering significant volumes of Advanced Biofuel to the American people. They prove that the RFS is absolutely working,” Jobe said.

“Biodiesel is still a young industry, but it is becoming a mainstream American fuel that’s having a real impact in helping us cut pollution, create jobs and diversify the fuels market.”

NBB notes too however “a troubling trend in which imports are increasingly flooding the U.S. market and undercutting U.S. production.

Imports on the Rise

“According to the data, domestic production remained flat at about 1.42 billion gallons, compared with about 1.47 billion gallons in 2014 and 1.50 billion gallons in 2013. Meanwhile, imports rose from 510 million gallons in 2014 to an estimated 670 million gallons in 2015, a jump of more than 25%.”

The National Biodiesel Board continues to promote the benefits of the renewable fuel.

The National Biodiesel Board continues to promote the benefits of the renewable fuel.

“We are increasingly seeing subsidized, predatory imports undercutting U.S. production – in part by taking advantage of U.S. policies aimed at building up the domestic industry,” Jobe said. “This is exactly what we have been warning would happen, and it will continue until we take steps to level the playing field, including by reforming the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic production credit.”

‘U.S. Companies Can’t Fairly Compete’

NBB has urged Congress to reform the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive from a blender’s credit to a producer’s credit. Under the existing blender’s structure, biodiesel that is produced overseas and blended in the U.S. is increasingly taking advantage of the incentive, sending U.S. tax benefits to foreign producers. Most of the imports already receive valuable incentives overseas, while US companies are typically barred from taking advantage of those overseas incentives.

“We welcome competition but U.S. companies can’t fairly compete against foreign companies that are double-dipping on overseas and US incentives while not letting U.S. producers compete in their domestic markets,” Jobe said.

Next Year’s NBB Annual: San Diego

“This reform is a simple fix that would appropriately focus U.S. tax dollars on creating jobs and stimulating economic development here at home instead of overseas.”

NBB’s annual meeting is being held at the Tampa Convention Center and Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. It is managed by Denver’s Kinsley Meetings.

Next year’s NBB gala has been set for January 16-19, 2017 in San Diego.

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Source: National Biodiesel Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

ACT Expo 2016 Registration Opens

January 5, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, fuel cells, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, Hydrogen, LNG, New Products, NGVs, Propane, propane autogas, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Early Bird Discounts Until February 26 as Agenda Is Released,
EDTA, PERC and CHBC Have Committed as Co-Hosts of the Event,
EVSE/EV Charging Webinar with EDTA Takes Place on January 12

Organizers of the 2016 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo released the conference agenda today as they opened early bird registration for the sixth annual show taking place May 2-5 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California.

ACT Expo 2016 is expected bring the entire transportation industry together for an expansive showcase of the technologies, fuels, policies, and organizations driving innovation and sustainability.

Don't forget that ACT Expo 2016 presentation abstracts are due February 15!

Click here to register for ACT Expo 2016. And don’t forget that ACT Expo 2016 presentation abstracts are due February 15.

Leading advanced transportation suppliers will be on hand to unveil and display today’s latest innovations and next generation technologies –OEMs, suppliers of motors, equipment and fuel, and of fueling and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The deadline for early bird discount registrations for the full ACT Expo 2016 conference and exhibition hall – fleet registration at just $325 and general registration at $550 – is February 26.

The deadline to submit abstracts for ACT Expo 2016 conference presentations is February 15.

ACT Expo 2016 is co-hosted in Long Beach this year with the Electric Drive Transportation Association, the Propane Education & Research Council, and the California Hydrogen Business Council. ACT Expo is organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

Momentum from Paris

“Building off the exciting momentum from the Paris Climate Conference, hundreds of public and private-sector organizations will convene at ACT Expo as they work to develop the transportation elements of their sustainability plans and their strategies to reduce vehicle emissions and costs,” said Erik Neandross, CEO at GNA.

“By teaming up with the leading clean vehicle technology industry associations, we are able to bring all fuels, and all advanced technologies under one roof,” he said.

Hands-On Access

ACT Expo attendees will gain hands-on access to the wide range of today’s available clean transportation solutions – including electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, renewable fuels, advanced efficiency technologies, telematics, and connected vehicles.

“From vehicles, to motors, equipment, fuel, fueling infrastructure, and more – today’s latest innovations and next generation technologies will be unveiled and on display,” GNA says.

Co-Located Events

“For the busy fleet executive, we provide an ultra-efficient one-stop-shop for all of the latest advanced transportation technology in the marketplace today and coming out tomorrow,” Neandross said.

The ACT Expo 2016 program will provide a platform for fleet operators, local governments, and other key stakeholders to share case studies on how alternative fuels and vehicle efficiency technologies are improving the environmental performance and sustainability of their operations, reducing costs, helping mitigate the impact of volatile petroleum prices, and driving business growth.

Organizations hosting co-located events throughout the week of ACT Expo include

  • Businesses for Social Responsibility (BSR);
  • California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC);
  • Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA);
  • National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC);
  • North American Council on Freight Efficiency (NACFE);
  • University of California, Davis; and
  • WTS International.

EVSE Webinar January 12

Can’t wait? Want to learn more about EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment (aka EV chargers)? Take advantage of a sneak preview of the programming offered at ACT Expo 2016 by joining us for the first of ACT Expo webinar series on January 12: Shaking Things Up in EVSEs: A Discussion on Roaming, Pricing Models, Fleet Applications, and Inductive Charging. The webinar takes place at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern time.

“With electric vehicles finally moving past the early adopter stage,” GNA says, “we find ourselves confronted with major infrastructure challenges.”

The complimentary one-hour webinar, presented in concert with EDTA, “will highlight what we can expect from the electric vehicle charging infrastructure industry, including issues of ‘roaming’ and being able to pay by credit card, pricing structures, challenges and the promise of inductive charging, and fleet applications.”

ACT Expo 2016 exhibiting, sponsoring ||| ACT Expo 2015 interactive floor plan

ACT Expo 2016 Call for Papers ||| ACT Expo 2016 Contacts

at GNA for ACT Expo 2016, Alexis Wiley, 310-744-8552; [email protected]

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Source: Gladstein, Neandross & Associates with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

ACT Expo 2016 Call for Papers

December 15, 2015 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biomethane, CNG, DME, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, fuel cells, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, LNG, NGVs, Propane, refuse, Renewable Diesel, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

February 15 Deadline for Abstracts for Early May Meeting

Organizers of this coming year’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo have put out a Call for Papers, asking that abstracts be submitted no later than February 15.

U.S. EPA Finalizes Its RFS Volumes Rule

December 1, 2015 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘The Biofuel Industry Is an Incredible American Success Story’

The U.S. EPA released the final volume requirements under its Renewable Fuel Standard program for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 this week, as well as final volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014 to 2017.

Fleets Tapping into LCFS Credits Trading

November 18, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, batteries, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Companies, DME, Dual Fuel, Electric Drive, Ethanol, EVs, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, Legislation, LNG, money available, NGVs, Propane, Regulations, Renewable Diesel, Synthetic gasoline by Jon LeSage  |  No Comments

California’s AB 32 Law Has Been Generating LCFS Credits,
Fleets & Fuel Suppliers Are Learning How to Take 

Fleets and alternative fuel suppliers are tapping into credit trading and funding programs that come from California’s AB 32 Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard and cap-and-trade program are offering incentives for adopting renewable diesel, renewable natural gas, advanced biofuels, and clean vehicles. This fall, California Air Resources Board voted to readopt LCFS, and several states and Canadian provinces are considering adopting similar programs.

CARB Re-Adopts Low Carbon Fuel Standard

September 29, 2015 in Biodiesel, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

National Biodiesel Board Is Quick to Claim LCFS Leadership

The California Air Resources Board last week formally re-adopted its LCFS, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard requiring a 10% reduction by 2020 in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels used in the state.

CARB's Mary Nichols

CARB’s Mary Nichols

“The LCFS, a pillar supporting the state’s efforts to fight climate change, delivers more clean fuels for Californians, and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants,” states a release.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) was quick to state that its fuel has “the best carbon score among all liquid fuels.”

‘A Key Element of California’s Plans’

The agency action “builds on years of successful implementation and will continue reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector,” CARB chair Mary Nichols said in a release.

“Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gases in the state,” Nichols said. “This program is a key element of California’s plans to enact Governor Brown’s Executive Order mandating a 50% cut in petroleum use by 2030.”

Carbon Intensity

The LCFS program requires that transportation fuels used in California meet a baseline target for carbon intensity. That target is reduced each year. If a product is above the annual carbon intensity target, the fuel incurs deficits. If a product is below that target, the fuel generates credits which may be used later for compliance, or sold to other producers who have deficits.

“So far,” CARB says, “fuel producers are over-complying with the regulation.”

NBB's Don Scott

NBB’s Don Scott

CARB determines carbon intensity via a life cycle analysis measuring the amount of carbon generated during the extraction, production, transportation, and combustion of a fuel. The agency notes that the LCFS program does not require use of any specific fuel, “only that regulated parties find a blend of fuels and credits that will meet the declining target each year.”

It Depends on the Source

According to NBB, the new standard affirms that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 81% versus petroleum, giving it the best carbon score among all liquid fuels. (emphasis added: natural gas has a higher carbon intensity than the various biodiesel types, but the scores for renewable natural gas from landfills and feedlots are far lower.)

“Biodiesel is the most sustainable fuel on the planet,” NBB sustainability director Don Scott said in his organization’s release. “Low carbon alternatives can also be low cost alternatives when we use diverse supplies of renewable resources. This validates that California’s carbon reduction goals are obtainable.”

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Source: CARB and NBB with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

King County Seattle Biodiesel Water Taxis

September 18, 2015 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two New Cummins-Powered 104-Foot Vessels to Operate on B10

Seattle-area King County has deployed two new 104-foot water taxis and will operate them on B10 biodiesel from local sources.

ACT Expo 2015 Is… Next Week!

April 27, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, EVs, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, Hydrogen, LNG, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More Than 3,500 People and 200-Plus Exhibitors Expected

Organizers of ACT Expo 2105 are gearing up for what’s expected to be the year’s largest gathering of clean transportation professionals in North America, taking place May 4-7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

Minnesota Sued on Biodiesel Mandate

April 22, 2015 in Biodiesel, litigation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

10% Requirement Said to Be Bad for Business, and Vehicles,
National Biodiesel Board ‘Disappointed’ at the Legal Action
As Local Lung Association Points Up Emissions Reductions

A coalition of businesses including the Minnesota Trucking Association has sued the state in federal court, asking for repeal of biodiesel content requirements of 10% in the summer, going to as high as 20% in 2018.

MNtrucking-logoThe Minnesota biodiesel mandate took effect on July 1, 2014. It is “likely raising fueling costs for all diesel vehicles,” states a release issued by MTA, the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the American Petroleum Institute, and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.

The National Biodiesel Board says B10 – a 10% biodiesel blend – has worked “very well, without negative price impacts on consumers.”

The plaintiffs are suing Minnesota’s Pollution Control Agency and the state departments of Agriculture and Commerce, basing their claims under U.S. and state laws including the federal Clean Air Act and the Minnesota Administrative Procedures Act.

Warranties Violated

“Most diesel-fueled passenger cars and light trucks were not designed for – and are not warranted to run on – biofuel blends of 10 or 20%,” they say.

“Use of such fuel blends could result in increased maintenance costs and engine problems… These problems could impact manufacturers and dealers in the state through lost sales and increased warranty claims.

“Minnesota is forcing the sale of what has historically been more costly fuel,” states the release. “The State is purposefully denying access to needed fuels recommended for use in many diesel vehicles while likely raising fueling costs for all diesel vehicles.”

‘Truckers Already Are Avoiding Fueling in Minnesota’

According to the suit itself, as filed in U.S. District Court for Minnesota by the Minneapolis law firm Bassford Remele, problems related to the biodiesel mandate “will cause some auto dealers and auto manufacturers to lose sales and incur greater costs associated with increased warranty claims.

“Moreover, auto manufacturers will see erosion of hard-won brand loyalty. Knowing that B10 typically costs more than petroleum diesel and requires additional maintenance to vehicles, interstate truckers already are avoiding fueling in Minnesota.”

“This lawsuit,” the plaintiffs say, “seeks to restore consumer choice.”

The Lung Association Likes Biodiesel

The American Lung Association in Minnesota, which hosts the Minneapolis Clean Cities organization, declined to comment on the lawsuit, but a spokesman told F&F that B10 – 10% biodiesel – eliminates 163 tons of particulate matter, 216 tons of hydrocarbon, and 1,820 tons of carbon monoxide emissions per year.

“Vehicle emissions are the single largest source of air pollution in the state,” said the Lung Association’s Bob Moffitt. “We’ve always been a supporter of biodiesel,” he said, noting that the city of Minneapolis operates fire trucks, ambulances, transit buses and snow plows on the fuel.

“We are disappointed the American Petroleum Institute and other national groups have sued to suspend Minnesota’s strong, local biodiesel policy,” the National Biodiesel Board said Wednesday.

‘Stop Fighting Progress with Lawsuits Against Renewable Fuels’

“The policy was created in response to Minnesotans broad desire to diversify the fuel supply with locally produced biodiesel that creates jobs, protects our environment and reduces our dependence on foreign oil,” NBB said.

“The fact is Minnesota voters elected their leaders, and those leaders have recognized the outstanding benefits of biodiesel by voting to extend this policy after proven success. Other states such as Illinois have also clearly demonstrated that volumes of B10 or more work very well, without negative price impacts on consumers.

“We would encourage API and others to stop fighting progress with lawsuits against renewable fuels and to join the movement to protecting consumers by diversifying our fuel supplies with cleaner alternatives.”

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Source: Minnesota Trucking Association with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Clean Cities 2015 Buyers Guide

February 19, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Biofuels, CNG, Electric Drive, Hybrids, Hydrogen, NGVs, Propane, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Unbiased Source of Information for Evaluating Alt Fuel Vehicle Options’

The Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is now available online and for order at no charge through the EERE Publication and Product Library.

The 40-page Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is free online.

The 40-page Clean Cities 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide is free online. Click the image and the PDF is yours.

The 40-page publication has information on biofuels and electric vehicles, as well as hydrogen, natural gas and propane autogas, from both OEMs and upfitters.

The 2015 model year features nearly 200 AFV and hybrid electric vehicle models, including more than 80 flex-fuel vehicles, states a Clean Cities blog entry.


“This guide provides model-specific information such as vehicle specifications, manufacturer suggested retail price, fuel economy, energy impact, and emissions,” Clean Cities says.

“Drivers can use the information to identify options, compare vehicles, and make more informed purchase decisions.”

There are now approximately 20 million light-duty AFVs on American roads, Clean Cities says.

An alternative to the printed Guide is the Clean Cities is the Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Search tool, which also covers medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

Direct link to the 2015 Guide (PDF file)

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Source: DoE Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

U.S. Biodiesel Output Slipped in 2014

January 19, 2015 in Biodiesel, Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘These Numbers Reflect the Consequences of Policy Inaction

U.S. biodiesel consumption fell to 1.75 billion gallons in 2014, down slightly from nearly 1.8 billion gallons in 2013, the National Biodiesel Board reported Friday, citing figures from the U.S. EPA.

Blame the downturn on policy uncertainty in Washington “that destabilized the industry and caused many biodiesel plants to shut down or reduce production,” NBB says: the Obama administration failed to finalize biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard and Congress allowed the biodiesel tax incentive to lapse at the beginning of 2014.

Joe Jobe

Joe Jobe

“These numbers reflect the consequences of policy inaction,” NBB CEO Joe Jobe said in a release.

Could Have Been Worse

“The numbers would have been even lower had the EPA not signaled throughout the year that it will strengthen the RFS proposal and finalize it promptly,” Jobe said. “Companies can operate on faith for only so long. We have already seen many producers close their doors, and many others are struggling to stay open as we enter a New Year with continued uncertainty.”

“The most frustrating aspect is that this is completely unnecessary,” Jobe said. “This is an industry that should be growing, and that has proven it can expand with smart policies in place. Yet we have this paralysis in Washington. Biodiesel companies simply can’t plan for growth or hire new people with the kind of uncertainty we have now.”

National biodiesel consumption slipped in 2014.

National biodiesel consumption slipped in 2014.

‘Get Things Back on Track’

NBB notes that Congress allowed the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive to expire for “the fourth time in six years.” Congress reinstated the incentive late last year, covering 2014 but not 2015.

“We are calling on the Obama administration to get things back on track immediately by finalizing biodiesel RFS volumes that pave the way for stable growth in the coming years,” Jobe said. “Additionally, we are urging Congress to reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive now instead of procrastinating until the final days of the session.”

NBB 2015, the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, is talking place this week in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Source: National Biodiesel Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

REG Biodiesel for Iowa’s CyRide

January 8, 2015 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pact with Ames is Producer’s First with a Municipality

The Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, a major producer of biodiesel fuel, say it’s notched its first deal with a municipality, agreeing to provide fuel for 78 CyRide buses operated by its home city of Ames and Iowa State University. updated January 9

ACT Expo 2015: Bigger and Broader

January 2, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Biodiesel, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen, LNG, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More Partnerships for a More Comprehensive Event Than Ever,
Discounts for ACT Expo Early Bird Registration Until January 16

The Alternative Clean Transportation Expo conference and exhibition, already the clear leader in North America clean transportation events, will be larger and more comprehensive than ever this year with a bevy of new partnerships.

Obama Signs Alt Fuels Tax Bill

December 22, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, CNG, LNG, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Expires Next Week But Allows Large Credits for This Year

President Obama has signed legislation extending the per-gallon alternative fuel and alt fuel infrastructure credits that expired at the end of 2013 through the end of this year. The new law allows firms that sold fuel for natural gas vehicles, or biodiesel, or propane autogas for transportation, or that invested in infrastructure for AFVs, to file for significant tax credits for 2014. updated December 23 and December 29

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