The 2012 GreenGov Symposium is presented by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).  This year's program will be held Sept. 24-26, 2012 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

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Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios (last updated September 18, 2012)

Clean Energy Track

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Smart Grid Technology and Demand Response   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   11:00am - 12:15pm
Panelists will share their insights on how new applications of smart grid and demand/response technology can shape the future of energy use and management within the Federal government and private sector.

Speaker Bios:

Mark Wagner - Vice President, Government Relations Office, Johnson Controls
Mark Wagner is Vice President of Government Relations for Johnson Controls, Inc., a Fortune 100 company and a global leader in energy efficiency for buildings, building automation systems, advanced automotive batteries, and automotive interiors. In his position he promotes Johnson Controls’ strategic position and objectives with federal agencies and Congress. Mark’s areas of expertise include energy policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, electronic security systems, advanced battery technology for hybrid electric vehicles and federal procurement. During his 14 years with Johnson Controls, Mark has been instrumental in developing programs with the federal government, including Energy Savings Performance Contracting and other public-private partnerships.
Rick Tempchin - Executive Director, Retail Energy Services, Edison Electric Institute
Rick joined EEI in 1987 and is proficient in nearly every arena of retail energy services, including customer service, operations and marketing, consumer affairs, large commercial and industrial customer outreach, rate making and rate design, state regulatory advocacy, federal affairs, electric transportation, energy storage, building codes, appliance standards, demand response, efficiency, smart grid, distributed generation, technology commercialization and supplier diversity. Prior to joining EEI, Tempchin served as a senior utility analyst for Synergic Resources Corp. and also as a research analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Maryland and an MBA in energy management from the University of Denver. Tempchin is a founding board member of the Association of Energy Services Professionals and a board alternate and member of the strategic planning and policy board committees of the Alliance to Save Energy, as well as a board alternate for the Electric Drive Transportation Association in Washington.
Michael Zimmerman - CEO, BuildingIQ
Mike Zimmerman has served as the CEO of BuildingIQ since its founding in 2009, and guides the Company’s overall direction and strategic partnerships. He is a frequent speaker on building energy efficiency, cloud-based applications and the intersection of the Smart Building and the Smart Grid, and has presented at leading industry conferences and events such as GlobalCon, NFMT, Realcomm, NREL’s Industry Growth Forum, GreenBuild and the Cleantech Forum. He has spent the last 20+ years working with high growth technology companies as an executive, board member or investor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
MODERATOR: Floyd DesChamps - Senior Vice President, Policy and Research, Alliance to Save Energy
As Sr. Vice President, Research and Policy, Mr. DesChamps is responsible for leading the development of the Alliance to Save Energy’s research agenda and portfolio of energy efficiency policy initiatives. He has a proven record of leadership with over 25 years in developing science and technology policy, conducting research and development, and designing and manufacturing of complex technical systems in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Alliance, has served as senior advisor to the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He also served for several years at the US Department of Energy as part of the weapons complex clean-up program. Mr. DesChamps began his career in the private sector working with Westinghouse Electric designing and building reactors for the US Naval Reactors program.

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Getting Connected: Renewable Energy and the Grid   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   1:30pm - 2:45pm
This session will provide a basic overview on how renewable energy technologies are being integrated into the electric grid, as well as overcoming barriers to further integration. Panelists will also discuss the similarities and differences for connecting various large-scale and small-scale renewable energy projects to the grid.

Speaker Bios:

Jay Caspary - Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy
Jay is currently on a 12 month assignment in Washington DC in the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) reporting to Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman. In his capacity as a Senior Policy Advisor in OE, Jay is focusing on grid modeling capabilities, data standardization, performance metrics and planning tools/analytics to support transmission expansion, as well as reliability assessments, grid modernization and smart grid applications. Jay is a member of the DOE’s cross-functional Grid Tech Team and serves on the WAPA/DOE Joint Outreach Team (JOT). Jay is SPP’s Technical Director of Transmission Development with over 30 years of experience in transmission planning, electric and gas resource planning, regulatory services/pricing, marketing/customer choice, and transmission services. Jay joined SPP in 2001 after almost 20 years at Illinois Power/Dynegy. At SPP, Jay directed the Engineering staff at SPP and established the RTO regional planning activities which have resulted in significant EHV transmission expansion in the central and south plains. Jay has been instrumental in enhancing collaborative and coordinated planning efforts within the Eastern Interconnection and with adjacent systems in WECC and ERCOT. Jay graduated from the University of Illinois-Urbana with a BSEE and has completed course requirements for a ME from Iowa State University. Jay serves on several industry committees, including the Board of Directors for the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) and the Industry Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at Harding University.

 

Roger Duncan - President, Pecan Street Project
Roger Duncan is a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin. Roger is also the former General Manager of Austin Energy, the municipal utility for Austin, Texas. Prior to that position, Roger served in various executive roles for Austin Energy and the City of Austin. Roger was elected twice to the Austin City Council from 1981 to 1985. Roger serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance to Save Energy, and is President of the Pecan Street Project, an Austin smart grid initiative. In 2005, Business Week magazine recognized Roger as one of the top 20 carbon reducers in the world. Roger has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in philosophy.

 

Lawrence Jones - Vice President Grid Regulatory Affairs, Policy and Industrial Relations, Alstom
Dr. Lawrence E. Jones has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry. He joined Alstom Grid in 2000, and is currently North America Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, Policy and Industry Relations. He also serves on the company’s global Smart Grid Business Development team. He was previously Director of Strategy and Special Projects, Worldwide, within Alstom Grid’s Network Management Systems business and led its global Renewable Energy Integration activities. In September 2010, Dr. Jones was appointed by the United States Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to a three-year term on the 15-member Federal Smart Grid Advisory Committee established to carry out duties authorized by section 1305 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board of several smart grid research programs in Europe.

 

Charles O'Donnell - Director of Smart Grid Consumption, Siemens
Charles M. (Chip) O’Donnell is currently the Senior Director – Sustainability and Energy Management business for Siemens Industry, Inc. – Infrastructure and Cities Sector, Building Technologies Division. In this role, Mr. O’Donnell is responsible for leading Siemens business in energy efficiency and sustainability, partnering with customers to improve information transparency, maximize energy efficiency, minimize energy and environmental costs, mitigate risks and reduce harmful emissions. Siemens Sustainability and Energy Management provides comprehensive global services focused on enterprise and government sustainability and energy management strategy, program implementation, on-going performance optimization and sustainability reporting. Prior to his current role, Mr. O’Donnell was the Director – Smart Consumption business at Siemens, where he led the application of smart grid and advanced demand response technologies into the commercial building markets throughout the Americas, as a part of a complete Siemens business portfolio of smart grid technologies for utilities, commercial markets and industry.

 

MODERATOR: Alicia Barton McDevitt - CEO and Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Alicia joined the MassCEC in August 2012 after serving as Deputy Commissioner for policy and planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. At MassDEP Alicia oversaw policy and regulatory matters for the agency, including clean air and water, climate change, wetlands and coastal issues, and all aspects of environmental permitting. Alicia was the primary author of the MassDEP’s Action Plan for Regulatory Reform and she developed and launched the MassDEP Clean Energy Results Program, which leverages the agency’s technical and regulatory expertise to facilitate the siting and construction of clean energy projects in the Commonwealth. From 2007 to 2011, Alicia held various other positions at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs including Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review, Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Director and Deputy General Counsel. In her time at MEPA, Alicia oversaw implementation of the MEPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Policy, which was a nation-leading policy designed to incorporate clean energy elements into real estate and infrastructure development projects. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in environmental science, Alicia earned a juris doctor from Boston College Law School. Alicia was an attorney in private practice prior to joining the Patrick Administration in 2007. As part of her community involvement, Alicia has been a frequent guest lecturer at local law schools and universities, speaking on topics involving environmental law and policy and she previously served on the Board of Directors at St. Francis House, New England’s largest day shelter for the poor and homeless.

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Engaging Communities on Energy Planning & Implementation   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   3:15pm - 4:30pm
Panelists will discuss the challenges, successes, and lessons learned from collaborating with external stakeholders and aggregating interests to advance clean energy, energy efficiency, and other climate protection activities at the regional and local levels. Panelists will also address overcoming unique hurdles for small cities.

Speaker Bios:

Chris Carrick - Energy Program Manager, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, City of El Cerrito
Chris Carrick directs the Energy Management Program for the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, a public agency that serves a population of nearly 800,000 across five counties. In that capacity, Chris promotes the use of energy efficiency and conservation measures and is actively engaged in the development of clean energy projects throughout the region. Chris manages the Climate Change Innovation Program (C2IP), funded by a Climate Showcase Communities grant from the U.S. EPA, which provides financial and technical assistance to local municipalities to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through the preparation of climate protection plans, the implementation of clean energy demonstration projects, and the revision of land use management policies to encourage climate-friendly development.
Rob Graff - Manager, Office of Energy and Climate Change Initiatives, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Rob Graff manages the Office of Energy and Climate Change Initiatives for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), Greater Philadelphia's regional planning forum. Mr. Graff manages initiatives to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and to prepare the region for the long-term impacts of climate change. He manages an EPA Climate Showcase Communities project to identify, prioritize, and implement cost-effective strategies to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in municipal operations. Mr. Graff serves on numerous task forces and stakeholder committees, as well as on two National Academy of Science research panels, and on Pennsylvania's Climate Change Advisory Committee. Mr. Graff holds a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
Casey Johnston - Director of Renewable Energy Programs, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA
As Director of the Renewable Energy Program in ICLEI-USA's Washington, DC office, Casey focuses on working with ICLEI’s partner organizations to implement the outreach efforts of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach program – an initiative to help communities throughout the United States become change agents in the solar energy market. In addition to his work with the Department of Energy, Casey lead's ICLEI-USA's Energy Benefits collaborative procurement programs facilitating group purchases of renewable energy installations and energy efficiency retrofit projects at the community scale. Casey has an MBA in sustainable management from San Francisco’s Presidio Graduate School, and 10 years of work experience as a Master Electrician.
Maria Sanders - Energy & Climate Analyst, Environmental Services Division City of El Cerrito
Maria Sanders is the lead staff at the City of El Cerrito, California on energy management and climate planning initiatives, including development of the City’s Climate Action Plan and implementation of clean energy/energy efficiency and trip reduction projects. She has over 20 years of experience working with local governments and nonprofit agencies on urban environmental issues and Master Degrees in both urban planning and landscape architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. For the past 13 years, Maria has specialized in implementation of climate protection and energy efficiency programs, including a long stint launching and managing a small business energy efficiency program that now retrofits over 1,000 businesses per year.
MODERATOR: Neelam Patel - Environmental Scientist, Local Government Climate and Clean Energy Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ms. Neelam R. Patel supports U.S. EPA’s Local Government Climate and Energy Program and manages EPA’s National Heat Island Reduction Program. As a Climate Policy Specialist for the Local Climate and Energy Program, Neelam works with local governments to create meaningful peer exchange opportunities and to develop resources that advance climate project planning, implementation and evaluation. She also administers the Climate Showcase Communities Program, 50 innovative projects focused on reducing greenhouse gases and achieving multiple benefits. Before joining EPA eight years ago, Neelam taught high school science at a college preparatory high school in Detroit Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in environmental science and policy from American University.

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A Look Inside Renewable Energy Labs   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   10:45am - 12:00pm
An exploration of the cutting-edge energy technologies and research being developed at the some of the leading Federal laboratories and testing facilities will be presented and discussed through a series of case studies.

Speaker Bios:

Ralph L. House - Research Associate and Liaison for External Outreach and Collaboration, Solar Fuels Energy Frontier Research Center at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
A member of the Solar Fuels Energy Frontier Research Center, Ralph is a Research Associate specializing in the use of multiple spectroscopic techniques to analyze the steps leading to the generation of solar fuels and is mentoring students on computational approaches to model energy migration in ruthenium-loaded polymer systems. Recently, he has also become more involved as the UNC-EFRC Liaison for External Outreach and Collaboration.

 

Jeffery Marqusee - Executive Director, SERDP & ESTCP, U.S. Department of Defense
Dr. Jeffrey Marqusee is the Executive Director of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Director of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP). SERDP is a tri-agency (DoD, DOE, and EPA) environmental research and development program managed by the Department of Defense. ESTCP is a DoD wide program designed to demonstrate innovative environmental and energy technologies at DoD facilities. Before joining DoD, he worked at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Stanford University, the University of California, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Physical Chemistry.

 

Cheryl Martin - Deputy Director for Commercialization, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Cheryl Martin is Deputy Director for Commercialization for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), responsible for the organization’s commercialization program, helping breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace. Prior to ARPA-E, Cheryl was Executive in Residence with Kleiner Perkins. Cheryl started her career with Rohm and Haas, where she spent over 20 years, as a Senior Scientist in the Plastics Additives and Coatings businesses. In 2000, Cheryl was named Director of Investor Relations. She later became Director of Financial Planning, where she was responsible for planning, forecasting and management reporting activities. In 2007 Cheryl was named General Manager of the company’s North America Adhesives and Sealants business and elected Corporate Vice President. Most recently she was General Manager for the Paint and Coatings Materials business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

 

MODERATOR: Dick DeBlasio - Electricity R&D, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Mr. Richard DeBlasio is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL/DOE) chief engineer for renewable electricity and end use system. Mr. DeBlasio has 50 years of experience and has held various senior level research and leadership positions at NREL for over 35 years including photovoltaic, distributed power and systems integration R and D. Before joining NREL (SERI), he was a senior nuclear engineer with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C. and a member of the nuclear engineering research staff at Stanford University. Mr. DeBlasio is a graduate of Santa Clara University and Temple University, and served in the U.S. Air Force. He is an electrical engineer, a life senior member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and member of the IEEE Standards Board and Board of Governors. Mr. DeBlasio is the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Medal for contributions to the standardization and global impact of distributed electric power system technology and also recipients of the 2011 American National Standards Institute Finnegan Standards Medal for extraordinary leadership in the actual development and application of consensus standards.

 

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Identifying Renewable Energy Opportunities   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   1:15pm - 2:30pm
A session highlighting tools and strategies to help identify opportunities for renewable energy projects and programs, and analyze current hurdles preventing organizations from effectively increasing renewable energy portfolios will be discussed and examined from Federal government and private sector perspectives.

Speaker Bios:

Lisa Jacobson - President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Lisa Jacobson serves as the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy – a policy advocacy coalition of energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy industries. Ms. Jacobson has advised policymakers on energy, tax, air quality and climate change issues. She is a private sector observer to the World Bank's Climate Investment Fund and is a member of the Department of Energy's State Energy Efficiency Action steering committee. Ms. Jacobson has testified before Congress and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to her position with the Council, Ms. Jacobson was a legislative aide to the U.S. Congress; and has a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.
Robert Kwartin - Vice President, ICF International
Robert Kwartin leads ICF’s Renewable Energy Practice supporting public sector agencies. His team has supported clients across the full span of renewable energy issues, including large-scale techno-economic assessments of renewable energy potential, renewable energy incentive design, affordable green housing, solar PPAs, green power market promotion, public agency renewable energy policy, distributed wind energy, solar water heating, green workforce development, and offshore wind energy policy. His renewable energy clients include the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Commission on Energy Policy, California Energy Commission, and NYSERDA. Bob holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Yale.
David Shaffer - Certified Energy Manager, U.S. Department of State
David Shaffer is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, he is an Professional Electrical Engineer and a Master Electrician with 17 years of experience in the field. David has been published in State magazine, and has traveled to more than 50 countries in support of the energy program for the Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. He is a certified energy manager and certified carbon reduction manager. His current roles include the performance contracting program manager and the department's investment manager for energy and sustainable projects. David has initiated more than 2MW of photovoltaic installations on 4 separate continents, and has been instrumental in introducing energy efficiency and sustainability measures into the department's building program.
Debra Shepard - Senior Consultant, SustainServ, Inc.
Debra Shepard, ALM, LEED AP has over eight years of diverse sustainability management experience. Her expertise includes assessment of sustainability programs, sustainability team coaching, greenhouse gas accounting and reduction planning, and employee engagement initiatives. In addition to her role at Sustainserv, she is an instructor in the Harvard University Extension School, where she teaches a course on climate action planning. Prior to consulting, Debra worked at MIT helping to implement a campus-wide environmental, health, and safety management system, and she also developed laboratory pollution prevention and green purchasing programs. Debra is LEED-accredited and holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Harvard University.
MODERATOR: Blaine Collison - Director, Green Power Partnership, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Blaine Collison is the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, leading the program's efforts to accelerate the U.S. renewable energy industry through the voluntary markets. Since joining EPA in 1996, Blaine has lead strategic climate-related partnerships with a variety of industries, including residential new construction and institutional investors. Blaine is a frequent speaker at industry events and has published several papers on the financial value of organizational energy efficiency performance. He is a member of the ACCO Advisory Board. Blaine has a political science degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

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Assessing and Deploying Energy Technologies   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   3:00pm - 4:15pm
A case study on Federal efforts to support the transition of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies from research and development to successful large-scale utilization by developing consistent processes to test and evaluate innovative and underutilized technologies. Panelists will also discuss best practices for assessing performance and economic value of a variety of energy technologies.

Speaker Bios:

Philip Columbus - General Engineer, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, U.S. Army
Mr. Columbus’ 40 year career in government and civilian employment has centered on facility/energy management and technology transfer. Mr. Columbus assumed his position on the Army Staff in 2003. Mr. Columbus is the Chair of the Technology Standards Group of the Army Facilities Standardization Committee. With members from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Army National Guard, the Army Reserve, and the Army’s land-holding commands, the Technology Standards Group is responsible for technology evaluations and recommends Army Standards for the transition of new technologies into Army facilities. Mr. Columbus is also the Program Manager for the Army’s Installation Technology Transition Program. The Installation Technology Transition Program is administered by the Technology Standards Group and serves as a technology demonstration/validation program for the Army. In addition, Mr. Columbus is the proponent for Chapters 2 and 5 of Army Regulation 420-1, Army Facilities Management. This is the "keystone" regulation for Army installation management.
James Galvin - Program Manager, SERDP/ESTCP, U.S. Department of Defense
Dr. Jim Galvin is the Program Manager for the Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Energy and Water program. He manages over 70 projects totaling more than $105 million. The program serves as the Installation Energy Test Bed to demonstrate innovative technologies that reduce military installation energy consumption, increase distributed generation and enhance energy and water security. Dr Galvin is on assignment from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech; his M.S. in Operations Research and Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California; and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy. He is a retired Army Colonel.
Paul Kistler - Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Navy
Mr. Kistler is the Team Leader for the Navy Energy Technology Validation (Techval) Program. The Navy Techval Program evaluates and validates newer energy saving technologies that have just been introduced to the commercial market place. Once these technologies are validated, Techval works to transition them into Navy-wide use. Since assuming his current position in 1995, Mr. Kistler has also participated in energy conservation surveys and ESPC technical reviews. He is a registered professional engineer and a certified energy manager. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.
Eleni Reed - Chief Greening Officer, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration
Eleni Reed serves as Chief Greening Officer at the U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service (PBS). Eleni works with PBS business lines and regions to integrate sustainability practices in all aspects of real estate operations in support of the agency's sustainability plan. She chairs PBS’s sustainability governance board and National Sustainability Council. Eleni also leads the agency’s Green Proving Ground, a program that uses the agency’s real estate portfolio as a test bed to evaluate the viability of emerging and innovative technologies to accelerate sustainable real estate. Prior to coming to GSA, Eleni was Director of Sustainability Strategies with Cushman and Wakefield. Her prior public service includes working with the City of New York’s Mayor’s Office of Operations.
MODERATOR: Shawn Herrera - Technology Deployment Lead, U.S. Department of Energy, EERE, FEMP
Shawn Herrera manages FEMP's Technology Deployment Program and chairs the Federal Interagency Technology Deployment Working Group and the Senior Executive Technology Deployment Committee. Her main area of focus is to accelerate acceptance and deployment of innovative products and technologies, including those created within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), into the Federal sector, supporting the transition of clean energy-efficient technologies from research and development (R&D) to successful commercialization. Ms. Herrera holds a bachelor's of science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

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